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’.

To arrange a private group tour at any time contact us by email at discovermedicallondon@gmail.com 

For public tour dates (when available) click here to visit the Our Calendar page.

The walk commences outside the medicinal garden of Royal College of Physicians and lasts between 2½ and 3 hours*.

The tour costs £12.50-£15** per person.


* Tours do not include a visit to the interior of the Royal College of Physicians.

** This walk includes the option of an escorted visit to the Wallace Collection for £2.50 extra per person. Please ask about a museum visit when making your booking. Private tours are subject to a minimum group fee for parties of 14 persons or fewer.

“Dutch Courage and Medicinal Brandy” is available as a private tour at any time by prior arrangement. 

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

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