All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine

(7 customer reviews)

Russell Square underground station, London

Guided by Rick Jones

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Thursday Weekly 2.30 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

The tour begins at Russell Square tube and follows the streets which commemorate significant medical events such as the first vaccination, anaesthetic antibiotic, antiseptic, artificial insemination, free health service and the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA.

The tour celebrates the success of the medical profession in its ongoing fight against Covid.

We end at teatime at the Wellcome Centre on Euston Road which has an excellent cafe.

7 reviews for All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine

  1. Suzanne

    I went with my team (who work in health policy) as part of a team building day and we all really enjoyed it. Despite working in medical and health policy we learnt so much from Rick and our eyes were opened to the history of medicine, science and the arts, right on our doorstep. Rick shared an incredible amount of information in an accessible and engaging way. I would highly recommend it.

  2. Kevin Smith

    Having studied at The School of Pharmacy in Brunswick Square, my wife and I were delighted to see it as the first port of call after meeting up with our excellent guide, Rick, at Russell Square tube station. Enlightening and enchanting from that point onwards, there’s so much to see and take on board as to the medical firsts that have originated in a very small part of London, Rick, I believe suggested at least 10 at the end of our splendid walk. Looking forward to doing another London Walk, simply the best!

  3. Abigail Franklin

    This was an A+ tour. Who knew that just within a few blocks so many medical inventions and discoveries were made! Rick was chock full of great facts, interesting stories, and good cheer. I liked the tour so much that I tried to recreate it for my friend the following day. I learned a lot and had a fun time doing so. Truly wonderful.

  4. Mary Barry

    I really enjoyed this walk. Rick was an excellent guide, very knowledgable, made the subject interesting. On quite a few of the ‘stops’ we were able to rest by sitting on convenient seats, steps etc which was very much appreciated.

  5. Olena

    Very interesting walk about the history of medicine development and great people who contributed to it. The area is nice with the University vibes and forward-thinking spirit. Rick is a very knowledgeable guide with an artistic approach. Highly recommend the walk.

  6. Jenny Adamson

    I chose this tour because I hoped it would provide some historical context to the last couple of years, where science and medicine suddenly stepped to the forefront of our lives … it didn’t disappoint. Rick had all facts to hand and some fascinating human accounts linked to the area. He was also really patient with our questions! I would thoroughly recommend.

  7. Carol Anne Davey

    An absolutely fascinating tour. Rick was a mine of such useful information which really enhanced my love of London and understanding of the vital role played by the the City in significant medical and scientific development. If you didn’t love London before you will after this tour!

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