Art and Medicine Tours London

about meI am an experienced, professional Blue Badge Guide. The Blue Badge is the UK's highest guiding qualification. I have 22 years experience as a Central London based guide. I was also a practising doctor working for Public Health England until 2016. I do walking tours of medical and scientific London. I take groups to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Old Operating Theatre and Sigmund Freud Museums. In addition, I have a passion for Art History and take groups around the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Tate Modern, and all major galleries and museums of London. I have a BA in History of Art (Birkbeck College) and an MA in Persian Art (Courtauld Institute) and specialise in Asian Galleries in both the V&A and British Museum. I cover Islamic, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Korean galleries in my tours. At the British Museum, I do regular highlights tours but also specialise in the lesser known galleries such as Enlightenment, Anglo Saxon (Sutton Hoo), Clocks, Bible tours including (Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Persian) galleries.

Popular Tours


  • Pew Foundation of America – Finding a qualified guide from across the pond for a full day’s tour of the River Thames and Greenwich was a daunting task, but we knew had found the perfect guide when Dr. Barry Walsh was recommended to us. After a conversation about our visit, Barry went above and beyond, researching our destinations and tailoring his background in medicine and his immense knowledge of the history of London to suit our group’s interests and ultimately offered us an exceptional, catered experience.  All guests were impressed with not only his breadth of knowledge but his conversational style that welcomed questions. Even crew members of our boat who had heard a hundred guided tours down the Thames before were impressed with his interesting and unique anecdotes, bringing both the history and architecture of London to life. In Greenwich, Barry could speak about every building, boat and piece of artwork to cross our paths, never missing an opportunity to enrich our visit. Overall, we could not recommend a better guide for your visit to London!

    Katy Saris
  • Barry is our “Renaissance Man”. He’s a Consultant Public Health Physician, an Art Historian and professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide.

    David Tucker at London Walks
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful day. We were just sitting here talking about how much we learned. WOW!! Brian and I could have stayed all day. What an amazing place.  I will definitely pass your name along to my friends.
    Molly Haas

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