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Sunday Walk with Pepys

Sunday 10th December 2023 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm


This Sunday, join me for a stroll through some familiar parts of London with a historical context. We’re going to follow the 17th Century footsteps of Samuel Pepys from Westminster to the City of London. I’ll be your amateur guide, book in hand, pointing out the connections to Pepys on the way. No doubt other COPSErs will chip in with their own observations!

This will be an easy 2-3 hour walk along pavements (boots not required) for about 4 miles, ending with an optional beer or two at a historic tavern that also serves food.

Who was Pepys? 

A man who lived through the upheavals of the Civil War, the execution of Charles I, the reign of Cromwell and the subsequent restoration of the Monarchy with Charles II. Most significantly for us, from 1660 to 1669 he wrote a daily diary describing events high and low. He was a man on the rise with connections to politics and royalty, but determined to enjoy life with visits to taverns and theatres, domestic life with his French wife, and furtive dalliances with a variety of disreputable ladies.

Getting there

I’ll be catching the 12.05 Croydon Platform 1 to Victoria, then District & Circle line to Westminster.

Joining opportunities:

  • East Croydon station from 11.50
  • Victoria station from our scheduled arrival time 12.21
  • outside Westminster underground station, Victoria Embankment (Exit 2 – statue of Boudicca) from about 12.45


Call me (number below) if any difficulty joining up.

The return trip will be at your leisure – there are good services to East Croydon from Blackfriars, or you could catch a bus or tube back to Victoria.


Pepys’s diary for this day 363 years ago: https://www.pepysdiary.com/

General info on Pepys: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pepys


Ken on 07921 258876


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Sunday 10th December 2023
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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