The Making of Thoroughly Modern Medicine

A history of two thousand years of medical progress told across the streets of the capital.


Learn how the ideas of Hippocrates and Galen spawned a murky world of mercury cures and caffeine enemas, leeches and bloodletting galore. Only to be transformed into one of the most respected professions at the cutting edge of science.

Travel through the present day’s medical district taking in renowned institutions including University College Hospital, the General Medical Council and The Wellcome Trust.

Uncover less well known sites from the past and present such as the former home of the now defunct London Foot Hospital, the town house of the eccentric German father of food hygiene and the West End’s first modern birth control clinic.

Our most popular walk concludes at the galleries and library of The Wellcome Collection, with an optional guided tour of the exhibitions available by prior arrangement.**

For dates visit Our Calendar page here. 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 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. 


“The Making of Thoroughly Modern 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.



Click here for more information on The Wellcome Collection