Walk back in time through Florence Nightingale’s London

Education session with Florence Nightingale character Credit: Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum has launched a new walking tour celebrating the connections ‘the mother of modern nursing’ had in the city of London

Follow in the footsteps of the mother of modern nursing and discover many of the places connected with the legendary Lady with the Lamp in London.

Statistician, prolific letter-writer and social campaigner, the tour chronicles the back-story of this iconic figure and the London she knew almost 200 years ago. From the house where she spent the last days of her life, to the hospital where she founded her nursing school, the walking tour promises some fascinating insights into the life and work of a remarkable woman etched across the city where she lived.

Florence statue at Waterloo Place
Credit: Florence Nightingale Museum

The two-hour walk begins at the Mayfair home, where Florence lived for a large part of her life and then meanders through Shepherd Market, Piccadilly and St James’s Square, past Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace, and via Westminster and Whitehall, before finishing at the Florence Nightingale Museum. Here visitors can end their tour seeing some of Florence’s personal belongings including her pet owl ‘Athena’ and her lamp from Scutari Hospital, explore the museum and experience the new exhibition on Spanish flu which shines a light on nursing through history’s deadliest pandemic, and has recently been shortlisted as ‘Temporary Exhibition of the Year’ in the 2019 Museum and Heritage Awards.

Spanish Flu Exhibition at Florence Nightingale Museum
Credit: Thomas Gilder

David Green, Director, Florence Nightingale Museum said: “This Blue Badge tour is an incredible way for people to really understand Florence Nightingale and the incredible impact she had. From her presentation at court at Buckingham Palace to her humanitarian work during the Crimean War, as well as her role in workhouse reforms, there is so much more to know about Florence and her complex life which is why we wanted to develop this walking tour.

Florence statue at Waterloo Place
Credit: Florence Nightingale Museum

“Our experienced Blue Badge Guide, Julie Chandler, is the perfect fount of knowledge, explaining the significance of beef tea and importance of Westminster Abbey among the other hidden stories about Florence within London and visitors can see the places for themselves. Next year is the 200th anniversary of Florence’s birth and this guided walk is the perfect way for the Florence Nightingale Museum to help people to gain a wider understanding of her role in modern nursing and her important personal history in shaping so many parts of London, UK history and across the world.”

Victorian St Thomas’s hospital
Credit: Florence Nightingale Museum

Julie Chandler, Blue Badge Guide who has created the tour for the Museum said: “Florence Nightingale is one of the most interesting women in history, and really influenced nursing as we know it today. Partnering with the Florence Nightingale Museum has been an incredible way to piece together Florence’s life through a map of London and show people how she really did make an impact in her lifetime and beyond. There are so many surprising elements to this tour that it will appeal to a wide range of people, from anyone generally interested in her story to tourists, children and those involved in the nursing profession.”


Florence Nightingale Walk details:

Start: 10.30am outside The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane

Finish: The Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’s Hospital

This walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours, and will be conducted at a reasonable walking pace so please wear appropriate footwear. We advise a max. number of participants of 20.

Adult: £20

Concession (Over 65’s, Students, Disabled, Military, Job Seekers Allowances – with valid ID): £15

All prices include a walking tour through London and admission to the museum. 


  • Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Saturday 20 July 2019
  • Wednesday 14 August 2019
  • Thursday 12 September 2019
  • Saturday 21 September 2019
  • Friday 18 October 2019

For tour details visit: https://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/whats-on/florence-nightingales-london/?v=79cba1185463

Bookings are required. For bookings and enquiries regarding bespoke tours please e-mail Kristin@florence-nightingale.co.uk or call 020 7188 4400

This tour is led by a Blue Badge Guide ( www.londontowntours.london )