Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers

Take a stroll along and around one of the best known medical streets in the world!

See where some of the most famous practitioners in the history of medicine plied their trade:


Sir Frederick Treaves physician to “The Elephant Man”, Lionel Logue the actor turned therapist made a household name in the film “The King’s Speech”.

View the apparently respectable facades behind which fakers administered their queasy cures: less reputable characters like the notorious John St John Long, non other than the “King of the Quacks”.


Discover the very medical address where budding doctor Arthur Conan Doyle created both Sherlock Holmes and one of the world’s most famous fictional physicians, Dr Watson.

Appropriately, our journey sweeps through Cavendish Square to see a hygienic statue made entirely from soap and catch a glimpse of a number of the country’s most venerable medical institutions including The King’s Fund and Royal College of Nursing.

We conclude on Portland Place near the home of the ‘keepers of consciousness’  at the Association of Anaesthetists and house of the first Baronet of Park Crescent…

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 in 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. 

“Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers” 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.



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