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London Science Weekend: Medicine and Science in the Press

from $1,265 USD per person for 3 days, 2 nights
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  • 60 People Maximum
  • Easy Activity Level
  • Urban Exploration
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Trip Overview

Join New York Times Journeys and Atlas Obscura for three days of scientific learning, special access, and exploration in London. Guided by medical historians, pharmacists, and anesthetists as well as Times reporters, get up close and hands-on with Victorian pill-making contraptions, a surgical demonstration in an old operating theater, and a livery dinner at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. Hear reporters and experts discuss current challenges and triumphs in their fields.

  • Meet New York Times journalists
  • Workshops and excursions
  • Worshipful Society of Apothecaries livery dinner


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
The New York Times Journeys
In Collaboration with The New York Times Journeys

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

The weekend’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 with a welcome reception, and wrap up around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Participants coming by air should plan to arrive in London by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 and to depart London any time the morning of Sunday, September 22. For assistance with travel arrangements, please email us at or call us at (646) 961-4857.


For those coming from out of town, please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the Science Weekend. We recommend staying at the CitizenM Tower of London Hotel, which will serve as the venue and meeting point for several of the weekend’s activities. For details, and to reserve your room, email us at or call us at (646) 961-4857.

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 2 to 4 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Some activities involve walking on uneven ground, and up and down steps.

Science Weekends with the New York Times

This trip is part of a series of Science Weekends produced by Atlas Obscura and Times Journeys. Read about our  Los Angeles Science Weekend in May and stay tuned for more in the future. 

  • All activities described in the itinerary, including a welcome evening, an expert panel discussion, two of the six optional workshops or excursions, one after-hours evening at the Old Operating Theatre, and a traditional Livery Dinner.
  • Opening reception, two dinners, and a glass of wine at the operating theatre.
  • Transportation between the hotel and event/excursion venues.
  • Opportunities to meet and mingle with various NYT journalists and experts, as well as scientific researchers and communicators.
  • Recommendations for science-themed activities and sites to check out on your own before or after the Science Weekend, curated by Atlas Obscura and The New York Times.
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and Friday’s dinner. (Recommendations will be provided.)
  • Accommodation in London; we have reserved a block of rooms at the CitizenM Hotel, which serves as a central program venue (further details below).
  • Flights or other transportation to and from London.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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The facilitators, speakers from the NY Times and the other participants were all people to enjoy and learn from! Everyone had one thing in common—curiosity!
—Anne W. (May 2019)

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