Social Programme

Poster Session and Drinks Reception

Please join the Organising Committee, speakers and other delegates for the abstract poster presentations on Friday 22 July where expert judges will select prizewinners and delegates can enjoy a free drink.

Garden BBQ

Garden BBQ

Buy a ticket for a garden BBQ on Friday 22 July in the Medicinal Gardens of the Royal College of Physicians.

Purchasing a ticket for the BBQ entitles each ticket holder to a generous BBQ dinner, two drinks (including beer, wine and soft drinks) and entertainment for the evening set in the venue’s scenic grounds.

Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Garden

Photo by Katie Birkwood, https://www.flickr.com/photos/katiebirkwood/ (CC BY-SA 2.0 license)

The Royal College of Physicians have had a medical garden since 1965. The original garden contained a number of plants from the first published book on Pharmacy – the ‘Parmacopeia Londinensis’, published in 1618. All the plants in the RCP garden are labelled, named after notable physicians or those used in contemporary medicine. The garden was extensively replanted and expanded by Mark Griffiths in 2005-06 with sponsorship from the Wolfson Foundation.

Under the stewardship of head gardener Jane Knowles the collection has continued to expand and now contains over 1,300 plants with links to medical history. The garden contains traditional medicinal plants from a range of countries and cultures, including Gingko, regarded as a ‘cure-all’ in many cultures, and cycads, which predate the extinction of the dinosaurs.

There are also plants and trees that commemorate notable physicians including Captain Winter (who accompanied Drake on his circumnavigation of the globe), Rev. Stephen Hales (who first measured blood pressure) and Hippocrates.

Many of the plants have no current medical use but they offer an illuminating window into the history, beliefs and culture of medicine through the ages. The garden has been beautifully designed and is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. The real joy of the garden is revealed through the unique and bespoke collections of plants. They offer living examples of the folklore of medicine and many of the plant names have had a direct influence on the development of the English language.

Royal College of Physicians Museum

Main staircase from the Osler room

Since the early sixteenth century, the College has acquired a magnificent collection of books, manuscripts, portraits and other artefacts which are showcased throughout the building. The museum collections are the product of centuries of gift-giving by RCP fellows and members. Portraits, silver and medical instrument collections are displayed throughout the college’s headquarters in Regent’s Park.

These collections include The Dorchester Library which has more than 30 000 printed books and pamphlets and there is a fine collection of over 100 books that date from the earliest days of printing in the late fifteenth century. William Harvey (1578-1657) discoverer of the circulation of blood, donated his own library and collections to the College in 1656 creating the Musaeum Harveianum – possibly the earliest named ‘museum’ in England.

The Silver Room, displays dozens of rare items, such as a diamond donated by Catherine the Great of Russia; and the College’s mace, made to the same design as the mace in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.

The college also holds nearly 300 oil and sculptural portraits and over 5,000 prints and drawings. There is also a medical instrument collection which gives a fascinating insight into the treatment of illness in the past.

Regent's Park

photo by Gordon Joly,

The Royal College of Physicians is situated in close proximity to Regent’s Park. This royal park, designed by John Nash, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary’s Gardens, which features more than 12 000 roses of 400 varieties, as well as the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield’s Avenue Gardens.

With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London.

The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country’s largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.

For further information please visit the Regent’s Park website here.