Brass plates and Botox: The King’s Speech, Harley Street
Ah, yes. This neighbourhood. And its patients. And, yes, its specialists. The Old Master – Betjeman – nailed it. Heavy mahogany doors. Wrought-iron screens. Rich, sympathetic, discreet (the sound they make when they shut). Eighteenth-century scene. Edwardian faience adornment. Brick-built houses that are lofty and calm. Chimneys steady against the mackerel sky. The iron knob of this or that palisade, so cold to the touch. Our specialist, Dr. Barry, x-rays through those heavy mahogany doors. Here are some of the encounters, some of the problems he probes. And the pertinent personnel – patients and physicians. JFK and Addison’s. Lord Lister. Charles Wheatstone and the concertina stethoscope. Dame Marie Tempest. Lord Moran (Winston Churchill’s doctor). Florence Nightingale. Emperor Fritz and throat cancer. Treeves and the Elephant Man. Ronald Ross and Malaria. Turner. Princess Anne. The Queen Mother. Field Marshal Lord Montgomery. Former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. To say nothing of the Society Osteopath whose patients included Averell Harriman, Paul Getty, King Peter of Yugoslavia, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra and Danny Kaye. And whose friendships ranged from the richest man in Britain to the dark-haired declasse beauty brought up in converted railway carriage who shared her favours with a Russian military attache and the British Secretary of State for War and thereby brought down a government. Great walk. And – always on our medical London Walks – the big plus: they’re guided by a doctor, a Public Health Physician.
There is no need to book to go on this walk. Brass plates and Botox :Harley Street is offered as part of London Walks. You can check their website for times and dates by clicking here. Or email Barry and he will reply with the information. Thank you to David from London Walks for the tour description.
- Meet Dr Barry
- Regents Park underground station (Bakerloo Line )
- First stop (for any latecomers)
- Portland Place (north end Lister statue)
- End points/nearest Underground station
- Cavendish Square/Oxford Circus 3 mins