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:
City of London – 29 Aug-4 Sep
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.
Between several churches – 2 Sept
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.
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.
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.
River Thames – 4 September
A vast, 120-metre-long wooden sculpture of Restoration London will be set alight on the river Thames.
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.
Guildhall Library – 15 Aug–30 Nov
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 Metropolitan Archives – 30 Aug 2016–1 Feb 2017
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.
Royal College of Physicians – 1 Sep–16 Dec
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.
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.