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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
90 mins linear walk
Not step-free
Individual tickets £20

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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.

Your Guide: Susan Baker

Samuel Pepys’s London Walk Reviews

Carol
Another great tour from London Guided Walks, this time through Pepys 17th century London. Susan took us into one of the most attractive and fascinating corners of the City and I now have a much better idea of his life and times. Well recommended.
Jason
Very enjoyable afternoon spent following around and listening to our guide Susan on the subject of 17th-century polymath and famous, sometimes infamous, diarist Samuel Pepys. Lots of interesting details and I learned a lot.
Pamela
Learnt some new facts about Samuel Pepys who was quite a colourful character.
Lovely walk on a sunny day. Away from the hurly-burly of the Tower the streets were peaceful and there were a surprising number of places associated with Samuel Pepys to see. Susan filled us in with just the right amount of historical background.
Always impressed by the knowledge of the guides on these walks and Susan did not disappoint As this was a new addition I was wondering how it would be with a larger group given the inescapable noisy environment Not entirely step-free but manageable and finishing in the wonderful oasis that is St Dunstans

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City of Westminster Guide
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Camden Tour Guides Association

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