The challenging isle: Soho's contribution to health care history

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    23 Oct 2016
    Clock 35min      Length1mi
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    At the heart of the great metropolis lies an island, a foreign land in a sea of Englishness. After the wealthy and gentry departed Soho in the middle of the 18th century, successive waves of refugees arrived creating a multi-cultural world that attracted artists, revolutionaries, writers and musicians. The atmosphere has encouraged individuality, creativity and entrepreneurship. It has been somewhere to take risks, including in health care. It was here that the first hospitals in London for women, for ear diseases and for men with venereal disease were established. It was also where the first and most famous private anatomy school was built. The contrast between bohemian Soho and establishment London is well illustrated by two towering figures in the history of health care, Mary Seacole, who you will encounter at the start, and Florence Nightingale, who you will meet at the end of the walk, in St James's.

    This walk is based on one of seven walks in Walking London's Medical History:

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Crimean War Memorial, Leicester Square

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    This tour starts at the exit of Tottenham Court Road underground station (Oxford Street exit).

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    There are many restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from along the route.

    Best time of day:

    Any time of day


    As in any major city, take care crossing roads and look after your belongings.


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    Walking through Soho is a fascinating experience at any time but this tour offers a whole new way of seeing it and being there. Nick Black's authoritative commentary on the medical and nursing history of some of the buildings is a wonderful way of seeing the development of the area through new eyes. A brilliant walk.

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago
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    Thanks. I hope you'll enjoy a second walk that will be available on VoiceMap very soon.

    Nick Route Creator , over 3 years ago

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