2020 was the Bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and due to COVID-19, our planned walk in July 2020 with a Florence Nightingale theme had to be cancelled.
This year on 10th July, fourteen Freemen from the Company of Nurses and their guests, met up for the first time since lockdown. We joined City Guide Maureen Corcoran for a very informative walk around Mayfair where Florence Nightingale lived during the later years of her life.
The walk started at the Blue Plaque commemorating Florence Nightingale on the apartment block which now stands on the site of the house where Florence Nightingale settled from 1865 until her death in 1910.
Maureen walked us around the buildings of Mayfair where Florence Nightingale spent time following her return from the Crimea. This included the house in Albemarle Street where we learnt she was a member of the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army, and designed the famous “coxcomb” statistical diagram showing the causes of mortality in the Army.
As we headed towards Waterloo Square, we had an interesting encounter with a herd of life size elephant sculptures in the centre of Berkeley Square. The elephants are part of a London wide environmental Art Exhibition “CoExistance” which aims to bring awareness of the challenges our wildlife face due to human activity.
The walk lasted about two hours and ended at Florence Nightingale’s Statue in Waterloo Square.