The Great Fire of London in 1666 was an incredibly significant event in the city and one which is still taught and talked about in schools today. It’s also an event which is of interest to the millions of tourists who visit the city each year and if you fall into that number then we have gathered together some of the places you can visit if you want to discover more about the fire, from the location it is believed to have originated to artefacts which were discovered and preserved afterwards.
Museum of London
Until May 2017, you can visit an interactive gallery at the Museum of London called ‘Fire! Fire!’ which is all about the Great Fire of London and the impact it had on the city. You can see what life was like for those who lived on Pudding Lane where the fire began, try and identify objects which were melted by the fire and hear personal stories of those who were directly affected by the fire. The Museum will also be running a programme of special events connected with this exhibition including Fire themed walks and workshops. After May 2017 many of the artefacts will return to their original home in the War, Fire and Plague permanent exhibition. The Museum is located less than 2 miles from the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City and should be easily accessible.
St Paul’s Cathedral
After you have finished exploring the Museum, head over to St Paul’s Cathedral which played a major role in the fire as the original church was one of the buildings which fell foul of the fire. Unfortunately many people had placed their belongings in the crypt of the church believing they would be safe from the fire and this proved not to be the case. The existing Cathedral was built after attempts to repair the old Cathedral were scrapped.
Monument to the Great Fire
Of course the must visit attraction relating to the Great Fire is the monument which was erected in 1677 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the fire. The stone monument stands at over 60 metres high and it is possible to climb the 311 steps to the top and appreciate a panoramic view out across the city. You even get a certificate once you’ve made the climb! You might even spot one of the Montcalm hotels from your lofty perch.
Just a short distance from the Monument you will find the notorious Pudding Lane, home to the bakery where the fire is said to have broken out. There’s not much to mark the street out these days other than a small plaque placed on one of the buildings.
All Hallows by the Tower
Finally you might want to round off your Great Fire tour with a trip to London’s oldest church, All Hallows by the Tower. This is the place Samuel Pepys climbed the tower to watch the progress of the fire as it spread across the city.