What kills us?

A new tour exploring the causes of London’s deadly diseases and chronic ill-health through time

The Grim Reaper - Thames

Follow in the footsteps of a Victorian public health officer and their 21st century equivalent to discover the causes of early death, disease and disablement. 

From pollution to pests, poor sanitation to obesity and smoking.

The causes of deadly diseases and chronic ill-health are many and complex. 

Though the 19th and 20th centuries saw sewage systems built, better housing provided and incomes and standards of living rise, in the 21st century more people die of illnesses born of behaviours than contagious infections. 

What killed us then and kills us now?

Find out on this exciting tour through Camden, one of London’s most diverse districts, boasting beautiful green spaces, polluted urban highways, academic elites and pockets of desperate poverty.

M0018576 Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne. Line engraving by W. Elder.

For tour dates click here to visit Our Calendar page To 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 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. 


“What kills us?” 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.