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How London Survived an Epidemic 150 Years Ago: a London virtual tour

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A message of hope, of science and a bit of humour. How two very different men, one of religion and one of science, worked to save lives.

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In Victorian times, London was afflicted with a terrible epidemic.

No one knew the cure. No understood the science of cholera. Except one man. This is his story.

But to understand the problem we go back 2,000 years ago with a look at how things started to go pear shaped. We take a humorous look at waste from the first toilets in London (Roman of course) and why we got the term ‘loo’.

We’ll look at the evolution of public loos on London Bridge, the human caped ‘bucket loos’ and the flushing loos of the Victorians.

We’ll learn about people who made money from the waste of Londoners, the toshers, grubbers and night-soil men, the creation of the flushing toilet and why it’s called a John in the USA.

Finally the important bit ...

How a lack of understanding of not ridding of our waste correctly led to awful cholera outbreaks, the ‘Great Stink, and how a man of science collaborated with a man of religion to solve it.

About this virtual guided walk:

1 hour ten minutes

Via Zoom app and we’ll email you the password on the morning of the tour

£10 per person

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Who's the tour guide?

Your tour guide is Loona Hazarika, ex British Museum, who has guided hundreds of people around his birthplace London and has advised and appeared as a London expert on Sky Atlantic's TV series 'Urban Secrets' and BBC TV’s 'Hairy Builder'. He set up the audio guide system at the Genocide Museum in Rwanda and holds an MA  degree from the University of Cambridge.

How do I do a virtual tour?

1. Book your tickets via Eventbrite.

2. We’ll email you full details of the Zoom meeting link, password and Meeting ID on the morning of the tour.

3. Five minutes before start time, click on the link we send you or log in via the Zoom app and then sit back and enjoy the tour.

4. Sit back and enjoy!

You don't have to switch on your video or microphone, it's entirely up to you.

For details of our reviews and other virtual walks just visit our website Let’s Discover London

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Let's Discover London has been guiding thousands of people since 2006.

Our virtual tours are interactive, educational and fun and we use a mix of images, paintings, Google earth and stories, all live-streamed, to make the tour come alive.

All our tours are given by London historian Loona Hazarika who's advised and appeared on TV history series Sky Atlantic’s Urban Secrets, and BBC TV’s The Repair Shop and The Hairy Builder. A former official tour guide at the British Museum, he holds a masters degree from the University of Cambridge.

For other tours and reviews please visit www.letsdiscoverlondon.com

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