This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | privatewalks@walks.com to make a booking.

Royal Medicine – Making the Rounds in SW1

St. James' Park underground station, London (Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit, opposite 40 Broadway)

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. Everything 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 billiard 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.

ROYAL MEDICINE – THE PRACTICALS

To go on the Royal Medicine Walk meet Dr. Barry at 10.45 am on Saturday, November 11 just outside the Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit of St. James's Park Tube.

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LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Royal Medicine Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Royal Medicine Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

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