Friends excursions: plague and fire – a walking tour of Samuel Pepys’s London

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Tuesday 20 February 2018
1.30 — 3.30pm

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Bust of Samuel Pepys

One extraordinary man was witness to some of London’s most tumultuous events. Join our guided walking tour through Restoration London with Samuel Pepys and his famous diaries as our inspiration.

With the events of the Civil War, and the Restoration of Charles II, the 17th century saw some of the most extraordinary times in London’s history. Beginning at Pepys’s ‘own church’, St Olave’s, where he and his wife Elizabeth are buried, our walk takes us down medieval alleys where we learn about how the plague killed tens of thousands and how, in 1666, the Great Fire raged throughout the city.

We discover the stories of several of Pepys’s contemporaries, including the philosopher Robert Hooke, mathematician, astronomer and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, and the architect Sir Christopher Wren. As the tour progresses we begin to build a picture of the events, politics, fashions and religion that shaped London as it rose phoenix-like from the ashes to become the international city of culture and commerce that it is today.

This event is also taking place on 16 March 2018.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Tuesday 20 February 2018

1.30 — 3.30pm

Meet RA representative at Tower Hill tube station.

£30.