Pills, Skills and Toothaches: A Walking Tour of Marylebone's Medical History

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Join The King's Fund Information and Knowledge Service's walking tour of Marylebone where we explore the history of health care before and after the establishment of the NHS.

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The walking tour

This free tour will take you to the heart of ‘pill island’ and introduce you to some of its many medical residents.

The King's Fund walking tour

Visit the house of 'nurse number one', learn who was 'King of the Quacks' and visit the site of Florence Nightingale's first post as we explore the growth of medical and allied health professions from the 18th century to present day. 

Your guides


Hong-Anh Nguyen

Information Services Manager, The King's Fund


Lynsey Hawker

Information Specialist, The King's Fund

What you need to know

The tour is 60-90 minutes long and will start and end at The King's Fund. You don't need to wear walking boots, but comfortable footwear is recommended and an umbrella in case of rain.

Please note that walking tour participants are responsible for their own personal safety at all times. We ask you to please pay attention to your surroundings as we walk the route and take particular care when crossing roads.

The tour will start at The King's Fund which is conveniently located near Oxford Circus. The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street. Cycle parking is available on Cavendish Square and there is a Q-Park on Cavendish Square if you wish to drive.

If you can no longer make the event, please let us know so we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list.

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