The United Kingdom is home to the National Health Service (NHS), widely praised as one of the world's best public healthcare systems. The NHS is complemented by a wide range of excellent public hospitals, so expats moving to London need not worry about finding adequate care.

Not all expats will be immediately eligible to use the NHS, however, and some may have to pay a visa surcharge to do so. To find out more about this and how it affects their individual situation, expats should visit the UK government website.

While the quality of care in public and private hospitals is on par, the NHS is notorious for its long waiting times, and comprehensive dental treatment isn't covered. To bypass this, some expats prefer to use private healthcare. This can be expensive, though, so expats are advised to invest in a comprehensive health insurance policy to ensure that costs are covered.

Below is a list of some of London's top public and private hospitals.


Public hospitals in London

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
www.chelwest.nhs.uk
Address: 369 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London

Guy's Hospital 
www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk
Address: Great Maze Pond, London

King's College Hospital
www.kch.nhs.uk
Address: Denmark Hill, Brixton, London

Royal Brompton Hospital
www.rbht.nhs.uk
Address: Sydney Street, Chelsea, London

St Bartholemew's Hospital
www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/st-bartholomews
Address: West Smithfield, London


Private hospitals in London

Bupa Cromwell
www.bupacromwellhospital.com
Address: 164-178 Cromwell Road, London

King Edward VII's Hospital
www.kingedwardvii.co.uk
Address: 5-10 Beaumont Street

Highgate Private Hospital
www.highgatehospital.co.uk
Address: 17-19 View Road, Highgate, London

London Bridge Hospital
www.londonbridgehospital.com
Address: 27 Tooley Street, London

The Princess Grace Hospital
www.theprincessgracehospital.co.uk
Address: 42-52 Nottingham Place, Marylebone, London