Samuel Pepys was a true Londoner and throughout his diary we see him delight at what the capital has to offer. When faced with the Great Plague he refused to leave the city, and when he saw it destroyed by the Great Fire he weeps. We join Londonist on a tour of Pepys's city.
Pepys is perhaps the world's most famous diarist. But he was much more besides. Naval bigwig, Member of Parliament, bibliophile, philanderer and President of the Royal Society just begins to cover it. He lived through one of the most momentous chapters in London's history, witnessing the English civil wars, the Great Plague, the Great Fire and the threat of Dutch invasion. Above all, Pepys was a Londoner through and through. Born in the Square Mile, he lived in the capital for much of his life, before dying in Clapham in 1703. Follow this 3km self-guided tour to learn more about Pepys's London.
All Hallows by the Tower
I up to the top of Barking steeple, and there saw the saddest sight of desolation that I ever saw; every where great fires, oyle-cellars, and brimstone, and other things burning. I became afeard to stay there long, and therefore down again as fast as I could, the fire being spread as far as I could see it.
Monument and Pudding Lane
St Paul's Cathedral
Up by five o'clock, and blessed be God! find all well, and by water to Paul's Wharf. Walked thence and saw all the town burned, and a miserable sight of Paul's Church, with all the roof fallen, and the body of the choir fallen into St. Faith's; Paul's School also, Ludgate, and Fleet Street.
St Bride's and Salisbury Court