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…

For dates visit Our Calendar page hereTo 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 £10 per person click here to book online  BOOKONLINELOGO_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. 


“Harley Street: Healers & Hoaxers” 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.



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