London Month of the Dead - Present, Present and Future, October 2019, A series on death curated by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation supporting Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries

A Guided Tour of Death in Westminster with Laurence Scales
Saturday 7th October 2023 at 11 am  & 2:30 pm

Arising from Laurence Scale’s knowledge of London, steeped in the macabre annals of medical history and the shadowy realm of public health, is this guided tour through Westminster. This excursion takes form as a sinister city walk, snaking its way through the dim corridors of Green Park to the desolate reaches of Aldwych, where ghastly tales from the most abominable graveyards of the area unfold like nightmarish tapestries. In this tour, Laurence will delve into the abyss, recounting the unfathomable measures undertaken to ensure the final repose of two revered souls within the hallowed sanctuary of Westminster Abbey.

There will be a brush with the plague, and a couple of unsuspected ways in which the grim reaper could come for you in the 19th century: if your morning beverage did not kill you, your clothes might.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation to Brompton Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Laurence Scales For the last 12 years Laurence has been offering walking tours and talks focused on London's unparalleled history of discovery, invention and medicine. He is an archives volunteer at the Royal Institution and Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce and has contributed many articles to including a history of London trivia. He has twice set the British Library's Talk Science Christmas Quiz.