Florence Nightingale is one of the most famous women of the Victorian era – a nurse who travelled to the Crimean War to tend to the soldiers of the British army. Her exploits were reported in the newspapers of the time, and she became known as “The Lady with the Lamp”. After the Crimean War she set up the first modern professional training school for nurses. 

But Florence was also a gifted statistician, a health care reformer, and a prolific writer on health and hospitals. She lived to the age of 90, and spent more than half of her life in London. 



This book is the ideal companion for exploring “Florence Nightingale’s London”. 


  • Over 100 locations linked to Florence Nightingale’s life, work, friends and family 
  • Chapters explaining about the life of Florence, the Crimean War, and the legacy of the “Lady with the Lamp”
  •  120 pages
  •  Illustrations throughout, including some drawn by Florence’s sister and cousin
  • £14.99 

The book will provide the answers to the following questions, and many more.

  • Why was Miss Nightingale named Florence?  
  • Who was the greatest love of Florence’s life?  
  • How did Florence finance her first Training School for Nurses?  
  • Where did Florence buy her glass and chinaware?   
  • When did she write her first book? 
  •  What did young Florence enjoy at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens?  




Albemarle Street

Prince Albert came to the House of Garrard, ​to commission a brooch known as the ​Nightingale Jewel, which was given by ​Queen Victoria to Florence Nightingale in​ thanks for “her devotion towards the ​Queen’s brave soldiers” in the Crimean War.

Zoological Society of London

London Zoo was founded in 1826, to form a collection of ​animals and study them. It opened in Regent’s Park on ​27th April 1828 and Florence visited a few weeks later. ​The 8-year-old Florence wrote to her paternal grandmother in early July 1828 describing what she had seen: “two leopards, two bears, two parrots, two emus (which are very large birds), two rabbits, one lion, two cockatoos”.