Dutch Courage & Medicinal Brandy: a story of alcohol and health

Take a trip through the heart of London to explore the Capital’s drinking culture and the long and complex relationship between healing and imbibing, excess and distress.


For almost 10,000 years people around the world have been charging their glasses with the demon drink and toasting ‘To Your Good Health’!

More recently doctors, once hooked on the use of alcohol in a range of treatments, have been calling time on our love affair with liquor, recommending that we limit just how often we say ‘Cheers!’

Learn about the high jinx, japes and scrapes of making merry and the dark underside and serious consequences of a life ‘on the sauce’.

For dates visit Our Calendar page here. To arrange a private group tour any time contact us by email at discovermedicallondon@gmail.com 

The walk commences at The Royal College of Physicians  and lasts around 2½ hours including a highlights tour of the Royal College, its museum and collections*. 

The tour costs £12 per person click here to book onlineBOOKONLINELOGO_large

A small number of tickets are available on a turn up and pay basis on the day. These places are limited and payment should be made to the guide in cash. 


“Dutch Courage & Medicinal Brandy” is also available as a private tour at any time by prior arrangement, subject to a minimum charge.

For further details or to make a group booking for a private tour please contact us at  discovermedicallondon@gmail.com 

* On occasion access to the Royal College of Physicians may be limited due to events or works being carried out.

Click here for a map and directions to the Royal College of Physicians.