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 Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s leading medical research charities.

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 from £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.

“The Making of Thoroughly Modern Medicine” 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.


Click here for more information on The Wellcome Collection