The Festival of London with the RSM: Green London

27 - 30 Aug 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

London is the Garden Capital of the most garden-loving country in the world; there are more gardens open to the public in England than anywhere else, and London is famous for its many green spaces. Squares are one of the defining features of London. Like other European cities, London has its grand civic spaces, but no other city has developed the garden square in quite the same way. Today London enjoys and values many private and public gardens and squares, which are appreciated now perhaps more than ever before.

There has never been a better time to explore London. Enjoy the quiet streets and deserted parks on a tour of some of London’s wonderful green spaces, including a private tour of the Royal College of Physicians’ medical garden, a secret garden tour within Regents Park, the Barbican Conservatory – the second biggest in London – and the famous Chelsea Physic Garden. Tour some of London’s many squares, visit the Garden Museum Lambeth (Britain's only museum of the art, history and design of gardens), see a botanical photography exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery (and explore the beautiful gardens there) and learn about the planting during the Kings Cross development.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was Director of Membership at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.

Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: London (Fri, 27 Aug) Medical Gardens Meet your tour leader, Janice Liverseidge at the Royal College of Physicians for a private tour of their garden with Dr Henry Oakley, the Garden Fellow at the RCP. The garden contains over 1,100 plants, all with links to medicine. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history. The garden has been beautifully designed and is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. Gin and tonic and their botanicals: a talk and tasting with Helen Bynum at the Royal Society of Medicine. Welcome dinner at the RSM.
  • Day 2: London (Sat, 28 Aug) Hidden and Secret Gardens Take a secret garden tour with Edward Kellow in Regents Park and explore the hidden delights of Regents Park on a specialist tour. Visit the Barbican Conservatory, the second biggest conservatory in London, and learn about the hidden tropical oasis. Take a walk with Janice Liverseidge and learn about the Kings Cross planting. Dinner at a garden restaurant.
  • Day 3: (Sun, 29 Aug) Garden Art, Design and History Start the tour at the Chelsea Physic Garden, which was established as the Apothecaries' Garden in London in 1673. The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries created this garden to grow plants to be used as medicines. Continue to the Garden Museum Lambeth, Britain's only museum of the art, history and design of gardens. Visit Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the exhibition Unearthed: Photography’s Roots.Discover the pioneering story of photography from the 1840s to today, told through a series stunning still life photography of plants and botany. Optional dinner near the RSM.
  • Day 4: London (Mon, 30 Aug) London’s Garden Squares Take a specialist morning walk of some of London’s squares and their green spaces. Learn about their history and the stories of those who established and worked in these gardens.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour for RSM members is £648 per person sharing. The cost for non RSM members is £698 per person sharing.

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