Pay a visit to London’s vibrant Soho Square to get a flavour of how its bustles today, as well as having roots back to the 17th century. Adrian walks you round a part of the West End which has connections to two of the Beatles, as well as classical composer Handel. He also talks you through personal recollections of visiting the area as a child to join his father at his commercial artists’ studio in Carlisle Street, next to what is now the offices of Private Eye magazine.
This show centres on Borough in Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital. It demands an experienced guide: meet Charley Harrison of London Tailored Tours.
She takes your round the 1,000-year-old Borough Market, a foodie’s paradise, sampling cheese and oysters along the way. After a reflective moment by the River Thames, hear about a unique cemetery and finish off in a pub with a modern twist called The Gladstone Arms, which boasts a connection to recording stars including Ellie Goulding.
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Fed up with elections? So’s the original 17th-century London blogger, Mr Samuel Pepys. But his remedy may not be the same as yours..!
Sometime Royal Shakespeare Company actor Keith Dunphy returns as our reborn 21st-century version of the diarist who witnessed the Great Fire of London back in the day. Now his passions are aflame in a different way.
Thanks to R&R – script consultants Richard Kurti and Rich Sutton.
With 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys adrift in the 21st century in the London Podcast, time to hear again from his wife, Elisabeth Pepys, who’s left behind. It turns out she’s a punster of her parish!
2016 is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and Lizzie recalls how she watched it with her husband. She also remembers the death of the first Charles Rex (aka King Charles I).
Finally, Ms Pepys points you to a recipe or two and shows she has a social conscience.
The show is linked by producer Adrian Lacey from the Monument, the tall column which was put up in the City of London to commemorate the fire from 1671.
Mrs Pepys: Sarah Kempton; organ: James Taylor (jtq.co.uk); guitar: Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)
Sarah is a member of Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com)