Samuel Pepys’s London Walk
Samuel Pepys, a man renowned as one of Britain’s most skilled diarists, was more than just a scribe of daily life. This guided walk takes you through the rich tapestry of Pepys’ life, visiting the places where he lived and worked during one of the most vibrant eras in London’s history.
- Discover the man behind the diary
- Discover peaceful gardens and unknown stories
- Qualified City of London guide
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Known for his vivid chronicling of 17th century London, Pepys bore witness to some of the city’s most dramatic events – the restoration of the monarchy, the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the Dutch Wars. As we explore the locations where Pepys composed his diaries, we’ll also visit his resting place (subject to availability). A unique garden will also provide an intriguing perspective of Pepys’ life and times.
Our route will not only cover places that Pepys documented in his diaries, but will also highlight some of the more vibrant episodes from his life – tales of an attempted mugging, his period of imprisonment, a harrowing operation, encounters with a lion and monkey, public executions, and his often contentious interactions with women.
Despite his love for the finer things in life – scrumptious food, fine wines, and melodious music, Samuel Pepys was much more than a high-spirited city gentleman. This walking tour will reveal his lesser-known roles as a distinguished civil servant who spearheaded reforms in the Royal Navy, a savvy politician, a dedicated school governor, and a leading figure in several city and national institutions. Pepys’ life was nothing short of remarkable, and it’s incredible to think of all that he accomplished.
Join others on a public walking tour as we follow in Pepys’ footsteps, immersing ourselves in the hustle and bustle of 17th century London, narrated through the eyes of one of its most colourful characters.