In 1660 Samuel Pepys, an increasingly-important 26 year-old civil servant in London, began writing his diary. He stopped a decade later.

This site contains the full text of his diary, along with several letters sent or received by Pepys, plus thousands of pages of further information about the people, places and things in his world.

The diary entries were published on this site daily, in real time, from January 2003 until May 2012, with readers discussing events each day. The diary entries began appearing on the front page again in January 2013, starting with 1 January 1660.

This site is run by Phil Gyford. If you have questions about the site you can email me at If you have questions about Samuel Pepys, the diary, or 17th century London you may be better off joining the discussion group at Yahoo! Groups and asking people there.