It’s three hundred and fifty years since the City of London was devasted by a terrible fire, and there are any number of events commemorating the dreadful conflagration we know as the Great Fire of London.
As you’d expect, there are plenty of quotes from the diaries of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys, but there are contemporary accounts too.
As well as the exhibition at the Museum of London there’s another at the Guildhall Library, and a whole programme of talks at venues across London. I am going to Hell’s Fire tomorrow night at the Guildhall. Some events are free, some, like the one I am going to, are not.
On Sunday night the Thames is going to be lit by flames again when a model of the City will be set alight. Excuse the poor quality of the next photo, I took it from the top deck of a bus travelling over Blackfriars Bridge.
On Friday evening I am doing the Along the Thames pub walk for London Walks. The start point outside Blackfriars station is very close to where the model is moored, so I reckon we should take a look before we head over the river to Southwark.
To join me in Along the Thames come to Blackfriars tube station at 7pm Friday 2nd September. The walk costs £10. No advance booking necessary.