Art and Medicine Tours London

Islamic Art British Museum 

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  • Islamic art British Museum tour
  • Islamic art British Museum

Room 34. It’s in a far flung corner of the British Museum. To come upon it – far from the madding crowd – and work your way through it is to range nearly half way round the world, from Spain to China. It’s a journey through the history, richness, complexity and diversity of the Islamic world. Welcome to one of the world’s most important Islamic collections. To a single room that is, well, a magic carpet that illustrates the history and culture and zeitgeists (notice the plural) of the Islamic world from the time of Mohammed in 7th century to the present day. Elegant Kufic script and calligraphy, astrolabes from Old Cairo, exquisite bronze metalwork and glass from the times of the Crusades, outstanding  Iznik tiles and ceramics from the Ottoman Empire… these are objects that aren’t just beautiful, they pack a great deal of historical story power. One room, a couple of hundred works of art, 13 centuries – and it’s say goodbye to the world view that you crossed the threshold with two hours previously.  


There is no need to book for this guided tour. This walk 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.


  • 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.

    London Tour review 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