The Great Fire of London

Date: Sunday 13th May 2018

Distance: 1 mile

Start Time: 10:45

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

  • Cultural
  • Family Focussed
  • Historical
  • Walk and Talk

Meeting Point: Outside the City Information Centre, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX

Nearest Station (Start): St Paul's

End Point: Monument station

Nearest Station (End): Monument

Cost: Free


Telephone: 020 3151 1151

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Join us for a gentle stroll exploring what happened during a few days in the history of London that were anything but gentle. This was a town used to fires, but the one that broke out in a bakery in the early hours of Sunday 2nd September 1666 was very different. By the time it was over three-quarters of the city lay in ruins.

We will start in the shadow of the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, which itself arose from the ashes under the direction of Sir Christopher Wren, walk down to the River Thames and then along the riverbank to the Monument (where the energetic can climb the 311 steps to take in some great views).

On the way we will see some key sights in the story of the Fire, learn about how it was fought and why it started, and how London was rebuilt afterwards. Above all we’ll hear stories of some of the people affected by this cataclysmic event: What was it like to see your home burning; How could you keep safe with narrow streets clogged with others trying to save their precious belongings; Where were you going to live now?

The walk will be particularly focused on younger people, with a worksheet to complete and the opportunity to perhaps win a prize!


Many opportunities for refreshment and toilet breaks along the route.

Please consider the weather forecast and the type of walk you are planning to join and wear appropriate footwear and clothing. We recommend that you bring a drink as there may not always be opportunities to purchase refreshments.

Advice Note:

Flat and easy route, suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. At times a short alternative route will need to be taken by wheelchair users. We will advise where this is necessary and where the alternative route is. The group will wait for the wheelchair users to re-join the group before continuing.

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