London’s Burning – The Anniversary Walk

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Simon W.

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You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
4 September 2021 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

On the anniversary week of the Great Fire of London, we’re at ground zero. Out where it happened. Out walking the epic events of September 1666. Guided by Simon W.

In the early hours of Sunday, September 2nd 1666, a small fire broke out in a bakery on Pudding Lane in the City of London. By Tuesday, September 4th, half of the City was ablaze, and two days later only 1/5th of London was still standing. It became known as the “Great Fire” – the worst in the history of London.

Fire of London anniversary virtual tour Simon Whitehouse Monument

Click here for David’s “scene-setter” podcast – What Was London Like in 1666 – about the London’s Burning Virtual Tour.

And click here for David’s second “scene-setter” podcast: The Great Fire of London – Pudding Lane, the spark, the first two hours   

And click here for David’s third “scene-setter” podcast: The Great Fire of London – where the monster got out of the cage

Join award-winning Blue Badge Guide Simon Whitehouse for this anniversary tour exploring the tumultuous and dramatic tale of the tragic events that changed the face of London forever.

89 City churches were engulfed in flames, including the medieval St Paul’s Cathedral. The principal commercial & political institutions, including the Royal Exchange & the Guildhall, along with more than 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. And yet the records tell us that only 6 people perished!

Despite the devastation, a new London emerged like a phoenix from the ashes, giving birth to the modern London that we know and love today. On this London Walks virtual tour, we bring to life the London of 1666, meeting some of the fascinating characters who bore witness to these terrible events:

  • the great diarist Samuel Pepys (who gives us the best eyewitness accounts of the Fire)

  • the hapless Lord Mayor, Thomas Bloodworth
  • the genius architect Sir Christopher Wren, and
  • the poor immigrant French watchmaker Robert Hubert who became the scapegoat!

We conclude with the latest theories about how the Fire REALLY started…

And while this is the out-on-the-streets-of-London, the shoe-leather-on-pavement tour, this little film – a scene-setter for Simon’s virtual tour of the Great Fire of London – is worth a look-see.

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