London Update: Friday's Itinerary


William Smith’s geological map of Britain published in 1815.
Image: R Cashman (Copyright expired because copyright laws applies to the United States, Canada, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years [larger view].

The day before the Science Blogging meeting, a bunch of us are getting together to see some things, courtesy of the NATURE peeps, who are guiding this little touring event. Here’s Friday’s itinerary (29 August) for you to peruse;


10.30 am Tour of Nature‘s offices.
11.30 am Wellcome Collection – awesome museum of medical curiosities. Includes lots of dead bodies. Free entry. No tour, but you can go and explore individually.
12.30 Head off to get lunch, taking in some of the blue plaques and scientific sights of interest in Bloomsbury and Soho.
2.00 Tour and talk at the Linnean Society.
2.30 Pop into the Geological Society of London to look at the famous William Smith geology map.
2.45 Whistlestop tour of the Mayfair/St James area, including the Royal Institution, Royal Society, Newton’s House and many other places.
4.30 Behind the scenes tour of the Darwin Centre – part of the Natural History Museum.
7.00 all Nature Network bloggers will be heading off to King’s Cross for a special meal. (Not sure if I am invited to this event since I am not a Nature Network Blogger!)

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0 Responses to London Update: Friday's Itinerary

  1. Bob O'H says:

    (Not sure if I am invited to this event since I am not a Nature Network Blogger!)

    I hope you are – we need someone to take a photo of us all outside Mornington Crescent. I suspect we’ll be able to sneak you in behind Maxine’s back.

  2. SimonG says:

    That’s a packed day!
    It reminds me: I really must take the time to visit the Wellcome Collection when next I’m in London. I’ve seen a few bits about it on TV and it looks fascinating – if sometimes a bit gruesome.

  3. gruesome? perfect! i love gruesome!

  4. ...tom... says:


    Glad to see all your pre-trip troubles and travails have apparently dissipated. Sounds like you are having, or will have, jolly ol’ fun in London town.
    The story of the creator of the map you picture here is covered in a book by Simon Winchester that has received mixed reviews. I enjoyed it.
    Anyway, have fun . . .and lots and lots of pics to share, OK..?!?
    …tom…
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  5. thanks for the book suggestion. i would love to read that book and learn more about that map — it was impressive.