The length of the entire poem is approximately 1000 lines, and it is in three books.
The poem describes the perils of walking in London in the 1710s. It is a topographical poem, taking the form of a walk through a day and night. It pretends to utmost seriousness in advising the reader on:
- how to dress properly
- what sorts of boots to wear
- how to survive falling masonry
- chamber pots being emptied out of windows
- overflowing gutters
- wig thieves
- mud splashes
He also describes the characters of the city, including its ballad singers, chairmen, footmen, and toughs.