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Richard Walweyn’s Trousers at the Guildhall

In Elizabethan London, Richard Walweyn’s trousers were a literal crime of fashion.

A little Eden in the heart of the City

The story of the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East, surviving and not surviving disaster after disaster since its foundation around 1100. Expect the devil having his nose burnt, the Great Fire doing its worst, and Samuel Pepys narrowly avoiding a couple of armed rogues.

Merlin’s Mechanical Museum at 11 Prince’s Street, Hanover Square

From a mechanical garden to an automatic tea-table, in the late eighteenth century you were bound to find something extraordinary at Merlin’s Museum of Mechanical Amusements.

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Samuel Pepys’s Cheese at Seething Lane

Flames are racing towards your house: what do you save? In 1666, Samuel Pepys prioritised his cheese.