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Pepys Day 2024

In September 1666 the Great Fire of London swept through the City. Man-about-town Samuel Pepys witnessed and recorded the events of that extraordinary week. The fire started at 1.00am on September 2nd and by mid-morning Pepys was writing about it in his diary. The fire was put out on September 6th and we are marking this as Pepys Day.

There is much more to Samuel Pepys and his Diary than that one fateful week in September His diary covers just over nine years and our two tours will include much about him, his life and exploits and the times in which he lived as well as key moments from the Great Fire.

There are two different walk routes, both start from the Monument on Fish Street Hill, both end inside the Mansion House where we will be met by Lord Mayor, Michael Mainelli and the Lady Mayoress and we will all raise a toast to Pepys and his Diary.

Tours will leave at 10-minute intervals starting at 10.00am with the last departure at 10.41 am. Each tour will be lead by an official City of London Guide. Booking is essential.

Walk 1: 'And So to Bed' goes eastwards and takes in the area where Pepys and his wife Elizabeth lived. Departs at 10.00. 10.10, 10.20, 10.30 and 10.40

Walk 2: 'I to Church' goes northwards taking in many of the places and people Pepys wrote about. Departs at 10.01, 10.11, 10.21, 10.31 and 10.41

We aim to make our tours inclusive, but please note there are a few steps (these can be avoided), some of the streets have uneven surfaces and drop kerbs are not always available.

Proceeds from the tours will go to the Lord Mayor's Appeal which supports charity partners focused on mental health; homelessness; and numeracy: https://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org/

Booking  details: Tickets cost £15.00 plus booking fee:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pepys-day-spend-it-with-us-tickets-943444988357

We offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London 

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. You need to book via Eventbrite to secure you place. Note: the cut-off time for booking our daily walks is 21:00hrs the night before. If we don't have any bookings then the walk will not take place. Read our policy on Refunds.

Our weekly walks have individual booking pages and earlier cut-off times, please see the individual listing.  

NEW!

Join us for Pepys Day on September 6th.

For one day only, this very special tour ends inside Mansion House to raise a glass with the Lord Mayor to toast Samuel Pepys and his Diary. Find out more

We've added 3 new walks for this season:

Secrets and Symbols, News from Fleet Street, and From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde

Billingsgate Roman House and Baths open 

This unique site is now open for this season of tours. Find out more.

Private tours

If you'd like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A, a school or another group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who'd like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book a walk with us? 

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