Sunday, 30 October 2016

#London Walk of the Week: Royal Medicine

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks
repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…

Royal Medicine – Making the Rounds in SW1

Saturday 5th November 2016

St. James' Park Tube, Abbey/Broadway exit

Guided by Barry

Fascinating to peek behind the medical screens in Royal London. To overhear, to probe, to track what went into the notes and onto the charts and indeed into the diaries, to speculate (well, to be au fait with the informed speculations of medical professionals), to find out what our monarchs suffered from and died of over the centuries. Everythig from a surfeit of lampreys (Henry 1st) to a headectomy (Charles 1st ). Dr Barry Walsh will take us on a medical  tour – we'll make the rounds – of Westminster and share some of the extraordinary stories of famous Royal operations (including an early appendicectomy performed on a billard table) and treatments and deaths. We'll weave through centuries as we  weave through Westminster, the Mall and end in Whitehall. By way of example, at Buckingham Palace we hear about Queen Victoria's relationship with her devoted physician Dr Reid and other doctors. At the Banqueting house we hear about Monarchs as healers (the Royal touch believed to treat the 'Kings Evil' or scrofula), the which provides a series of fascinating insights into Court ritual and kingship in the Stuart Dynasty.

To go on the Royal Medicine Walk meet Dr. Barry at 10.45 am on Saturday, November 5 just outside the Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit of St. James's Park Tube.

About Your Guide…


Barry is our "Renaissance man". He's a Consultant Public Health Physician, an Art Historian, and a professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide.

Read about Barry's visit to Buckingham Palace HERE

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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