Popping-in?

We designed our studio; it's filled with light and music. There are multiple meeting rooms, a well stocked kitchen, and an indoor garden (with fishpond). Pop-in for tea and stay to use a spare desk for as long as you need.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

Public transport

We’re next to Greenwich train and DLR station. We have a door right on the concourse but it’s different to our postal address.

From Greenwich rail platform

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From Greenwich DLR station

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By car

If you have to come by car, we have a couple of parking spaces in front of our studio. Call ahead to make sure they’re free, and use our postcode (SE10 9QF) to guide you in.

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11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

New project enquiry

It's exciting to chat about potential new projects. We don't have a ‘sales’ team or a form to fill in. Call us or give us a little detail via email and we'll get straight back to you.

enquiry@cogdesign.com

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If you're a client then you'll be best served by calling us or contacting us via Basecamp, otherwise you can use this dedicated email that reaches all of the digital team.

digital@cogdesign.com

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accounts@cogdesign.com

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hello@cogdesign.com

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Pox! at The Old Operating Theatre Museum

Pox! at The Old Operating Theatre Museum

They say love is blind. But is it also covered in boils, shedding hair, and missing its nose?

This grizzly thought would not normally be one to ponder so close to Valentine’s Day, but to author and venereal disease specialist Kevin Brown it could not be more pertinent. The theme of his talk was syphilis. And as the audience assembled in The Old Operating Theatre Museum, high up in the belfry of St Thomas’ church near London Bridge, it quickly became clear that this event did not come recommended as a first date (particularly not if you fancied any romantic action later).

Although the stories of patchy hair loss and sailor’s inflamed genitals remained riveting throughout, perhaps the most remarkable part of the evening was the venue itself. Dating from 1822 (and apparently the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe), it was built in the pre-antiseptic era, when surgeons still wore top hats and gowns, and nobody understood the importance of clinical hygiene. And being located high up in the rafters of the church, when it eventually fell into disuse and was bricked up in the mid nineteenth century, it was subsequently forgotten entirely and only rediscovered in 1952, perfectly preserved.

As well as the theatre itself, the museum has recreated the old Herb Garret, a vast apothecary of dried plants which would have been used in the treatments of the day. And set amongst them is a fascinating display of period doctor’s implements, looking to 21st century eyes like an assortment of torture devices, with fruity names like ‘Smellie’s Perforator’. Enough to make this reviewer go quite weak at the knees.

How many strange space like this are there in London? Are there other forgotten treasures, bricked up in forgotten lofts, waiting to be rediscovered? Let’s hope so. And let’s hope they are preserved as brilliantly as The Old Operating Theatre Museum. London is is richer for them.