Show/hide main menu

History of King's

'father of modern antisepsis'


Foundation of the college

King's College London was founded in 1828-9 by a group of eminent politicians, churchmen and others. King's was granted a royal charter by King George IV on 14 August 1829.


famous king's

King's has many famous former students and members of staff, including Rosalind Franklin and John Keats.

somerset house

King's has acquired the east wing of Somerset House. Read about the history of this historic agreement.
sir james black

king's nobel laureates

Twelve people who have worked or studied at King's and its constituent institutions have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

175th anniversary of King's

175th anniversary

In 2004, King’s College London celebrated its 175th anniversary. A special programme of events reflected the distinguished history of the university and its continued excellence in research and teaching.
photograph of woman at a desk in profile with a pen in hand reading or writing probably from 1930s

archives & special collections

Archives & Special Collections at King’s hold a unique, internationally significant and continually expanding range of archival and printed sources.

Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2021 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454