How it all began
On the 2nd September 1666, the worst fire in English History broke out in a bakery on Pudding Lane. The fire raged for four days and destroyed over three-quarters of the city and left thousands homeless. It was one of the defining moments of London’s history and traces of the fire and its legacy can be found right in the heart of the City. Join the Tudor Historian Philippa Brewell, from British History Tours, on a guided audio tour that brings you closer to the events, the people and the locations touched by the fire.
You will hear how the fire started, took hold and was eventually fought as we guide you to six key locations that are critical to the story. Four of these locations are actual buildings that survived the fire including the final location, which is one of the few pubs that survived and is still a pub today. The perfect way to end the walk!
The guide will take you around 2hrs to complete and is just over 3kms in length. The guide enables you to explore the route and the locations completely independently and at your own pace. Remember to check out some of the other Hidden History locations you will be walking past as your discover the real history of The Great Fire of London.
Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, St Pauls Cathedral, Pudding Lane, The Tower of London*, St Olave’s Church & The Hoop & Grapes Pub
Any day of the week from 10:00 – 16:00 when the crowds at St Pauls and the Tower of London are at their lowest.
Try and avoid the peak commuting times at the start of the day (07:30– 09:30) and at the end of the day (16:30 – 18:30).
Christchurch Greyfriars Garden
Closest Tube Station: – St Pauls
The Hoop & Grapes Pub
Closest Tube Station: Aldgate East
The Bank of England and its museum as you walk from the 2nd to the 3rd location and you will also get a great view of Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast as you approach the Tower of London. As you leave the Tower of London you will also walk past the War Memorial to the Mercantile Marines.