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

To arrange a private group tour at any time contact us by email at 

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 Wellcome 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.

“Pioneers” 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 

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