A series of events in the city to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London will culminate in a 120 metre long panorama of the ancient city being set alight while floating on the Thames.

A range of other events include guided tours, free climbs up the Monument and a late evening with photography allowed in St Paul’s Cathedral.

The full list is here

My pick of the best are:

Great Fire Guided Walk

City of London – 29 Aug-4 Sep

Free

The hot, dry summer of 1666; an accident in a baker’s shop; and disaster struck. Join a City of London Guide and explore the most famous fire in British history. See it through the eyes of Samuel Pepys, a resident of the City and a prolific diarist.

The Great Fire: A Commemoration and Celebration

Between several churches – 2 Sept

Free

Join a special service commemorating the Great Fire and giving thanks for the re-building of the City and its churches. It is only a short walk from St Mary-at-Hill church to the site of Farriners Bakery, where the fire began. This will then be followed by a service at the church of St Magnus the Martyr.

Out of the Fire: Late Opening

St Paul’s Cathedral – 2-3 Sept

£10 (booking recommended, but not essential)

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, visit St Paul’s Cathedral floor and crypt on two special atmospheric evenings for a reduced entry fee.

Great Fire Anniversary Weekend

The Monument – 2-4 Sept only

Free (booking essential)

Get free entry to The Monument over the anniversary weekend of Great Fire 350. Tickets are required for timed entry and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Collect limited special edition entry tickets and/or a certificate after your visit.

London 1666

River Thames – 4 September

Free

A vast, 120-metre-long wooden sculpture of Restoration London will be set alight on the river Thames.

Fire! Fire! Fact and Fiction

Museum of London – 19 Sept

£15 (booking essential)

Witness a panel discussion between Museum of London experts and renowned writers about the Great Fire of London, debunking some of the myths and legends surrounding this dark event in history.

Exhibitions

That Dreadful Fire: The Hand of God, a Great Wind and a Very Dry Season

Guildhall Library – 15 Aug–30 Nov

Free

When fire broke out in a bakery on 2 September 1666, no one could know that it would wipe out most of the City of London. This free exhibition explores the story of a devastating event using the Guildhall Library’s collections, including English and foreign accounts, sermons and public records.

London’s Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666

London Metropolitan Archives – 30 Aug 2016–1 Feb 2017

Free

Inspired by Thomas Farrier and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this free exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the 20th-century. It includes the recently uncovered plan showing that Farriner’s bakery was actually in Monument Street, not Pudding Lane.

To Fetch Out the Fire: Reviving London 1666

Royal College of Physicians – 1 Sep–16 Dec

Free

Discover the story of the razing and rebuilding of the Royal College of Physicians after the firestorm that engulfed it. This free display follows the physicians who were divided by war, battled with plague, and almost ruined by flames, only to emerge in a magnificent new home built by Robert Hooke.

Wizardry in Wood

The Worshipful Company of Turners of London – 12-15 Oct

£8 (early booking price)

See works by more than 70 leading UK and international contemporary turners and two extensive collections of outstanding modern and historical pieces. There will be live demonstrations and short guided exhibition talks, plus entries for the Turners’ Company 2016 competition will be on display, including the Great Fire of London competition.

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