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1666 Fireworks – Fire & Plague, Pyres & Pubs, Hanging & Heresy

Barbican Underground station, London

Guided by Andy

Plague, Fire & Revolution. The Black Death. Churchyards brimming with bodies. The harvest of Death. The zombie apocalypse – but for real. What changes? Everything. We start at an ancient Carmelite monastery built next to a plague pit so the monks could pray for the tormented souls of the dead. We visit an execution spot. But not just any execution spot – THE execution spot – Protestants (yep, the big reboot) and Mel Gibson (ahem). We visit the site of revolt – in effect tour a battlefield – a poll tax – not Maggie – this is 1381, a Lord Mayor, a king, a revolutionary. Spoiler alert. It ends badly. Fast forward to 1666 and the Great Fire (we'll see several pre-fire structures), the Duke of York and 100 men, poised, a last stand – Cock Lane (yep, it's exactly what it says on the tin) and then a peek at London's great phoenix, St. Paul's, raised from the ashes in all its glory. You're going to need to quench your thirst so how about a pint at Shakespeare's gaff? Yes, he finally bought a place, in Ireland Yard, the Blackfriars gatehouse. Shakespeare's cellar is still there. It's our pub cellar, our pints will come up from Shakespeare's cellar. 

CODA: So it's pubs, stunning vistas, historical alleyways, centuries old architecture and, yes, ahem, filthy street names. What more from a walk? Violence, mayhem, fire, sedition, sex and booze. The London Walk that just keeps on giving. Guided by Andy