Pioneers: The people and places that changed medicine

Follow the history of medicine from classical times to the present day through the lives and works of some of its greatest geniuses 


From Hippocrates to William Harvey, Marie Stopes to Marie Curie, Ambroise Pare to Edward Jenner, Joseph Lister, Alexander Fleming to Florey and Chain. 

This new tour for 2018 explores the great figures who have shaped medicine and science and led to huge improvements in the length and quality of human lives. 

We also take time to explore the legacy of lesser known trailblazers to whom many owe their lives. Meet the formidable – but sometimes forgotten – figures responsible for the discovery of insulin, the development of speech therapy, the creation of the hospice movement, the establishment of hepatology and the founding of universal healthcare.

Our journey takes us from the heart of medical London into the world of academic Bloomsbury and on to the cutting edge of scientific research near King’s Cross.

Marie Curie

For tour dates click here to visit Our Calendar page To arrange a private group tour any time contact us by email at 

The walk commences at The Royal College of Physicians  and lasts around 2½ to 3 hours including a highlights tour of the Royal College, its museum and collections*. 

The tour costs £12 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. 


“Pioneers: The men and women who made medicine” 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 

* 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.