The Great Fire of London in September 1666 was one of the great historic moments in London’s long history, ripping the heart out of the medieval City and allowing the modern London we know now to develop.
This fascinating walk through the heart of the City follows the Path of the Fire from its beginning in the premises of the Kings baker to its conclusion close to the mighty St. Pauls Cathedral, passing through some of London’s most historic surviving buildings and hearing tales of some of the Capitals most prominent citizens.
Tours run every Saturday at 12.00 midday and on Sundays and weekdays by prior agreement for groups of 4 or more. The tour lasts for around 2 hours and is a little over 2 miles in length
A Primary School Walk has been developed for children aged under the age of 10 who have learned about the Great Fire of London. This tour lasts around an hour and a quarter and is a reduced version of the main tour, being around a mile and a quarter in length. The Primary School Walk starts on Saturday at 10.30 am. Alternatively, other times can be purchased prior to agreement. Each child will receive a Great Fire of London handout to take away with them.
To join the tour, please book a place via one of the following options:
Make sure that you book at least 2 hours before the start time to reserve your place.
“As dawn broke bright and clear on the first day of September 1666 no one realised that they were waking to the last sunrise the old city would ever see, no one dreamed that for the next 6 days God would blot out the heavens or that hell would break loose as fear and flame turned the streets of London into Armageddon.”Quotation from “By permission of Heaven” – Adrian Tinniswood
The Great Fire of London, the name itself is hugely evocative – not just the Fire of London but the GREAT Fire of London.
The great fire of 1666 was the biggest and most destructive single event to occur in London’s long history, destroying 13,200 houses, 87 Parish Churches, 44 Company Halls; the Royal Exchange, Custom House, St Paul's Cathedral and the three western city gates. It is estimated that 70,000 out of the 80,000 occupants of the city were made homeless by the fire.
We’ll also be looking at the links between the Great Fire and the other major transformative event in London’s history, the Blitz of the Second World War.
Our walk starts opposite the entrance to the Monument to the Great Fire, I will be carrying a red umbrella. Distance is approximately 2 miles (3.5 km) and takes around 2 hours.
Selected highlights include:
At the end of the walk you will have passed through the historic center of the City of London and witnessed its rebirth and renewal from the trauma of the Great Fire further destruction from WW2 bombing and later incidents.
We’ll examine well known myths about the Great Fire – did it eradicate the Plague from London, how many died in the fire and reach some surprising conclusions.
We start at the Monument to the Great Fire. I will be holding a London Fire Walk sign