Samuel Pepys' City of London ©
A leisurely stroll through Restoration London

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a respected civil servant and a Member of Parliament. But most of us don’t remember him for that! We remember him for the secret diary in which he recorded his candid and uncensored opinions of the people he met and the events he witnessed. His first-hand accounts of the Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666 still bring 17th-century London vividly to life. Join Big Smoke for a look at London through a 'Pepysian' prism!


Walk lasts: about 2 1/2 hours – with a convivial refreshments break along the way.

Your guide: Karen Chester is a fully trained and registered City of London Guide Lecturer, and will be wearing the prestigious City Badge. 

Big Smoke Walks take place whatever the weather. Big Smoke reserves the right to limit numbers.


Oval engraved portrait of Samuel Pepys
Karen Chester's London Guide Badge and Link
Big Smoke dragon graphic