Things are hotting up in The City ahead of the fire’s 350th anniversary.
On September 2nd 1666 a fire broke out in London that would rage for three days and go down in history. What originally started in Pudding Lane went on to become a famous event and one that is being marked in the year of its 350th anniversary. Anyone staying at a serviced apartment in London City will find themselves right in the heart of where the exhibitions and events are being held.
Here are some of the celebrations you may want to attend:
Talks, tours, sermons and debates at St Paul’s Cathedral – until April 2017
The original St Paul’s Cathedral burnt down as a result of the fire, destroying a building that had stood on the site for more than 500 years. Return to the scene and the structure that took its place to find out more about the fire and the fate of the famous church.
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding events right up until April next year, but there will also be late night openings to mark the exact anniversary of the fire between September 2nd and 4th. There will be a special evensong and bell peal, bringing everyone together in remembrance.
Other events will include a fire tour that will unleash interesting facts, such as how the cathedral’s stones exploded in the blaze; a family trail; and a lecture about the event. Don’t miss the Great Fire Exhibition either, which will display objects that were rescued from the flames.
Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London – until April 17th 2017
This innovative exhibition at the Museum of London allows visitors to explore The City before, during and after the fire, offering up some stark comparisons. As well as discovering what life was like for the ordinary people of 17th-century London, you can step inside the bakery on Pudding Lane where the blaze first took hold.
Kids will love playing at being archaeologists and identifying objects that were melted in the fire. Personal stories from the people who were directly affected will also be told, as well as a chance for visitors to turn their hand to rebuilding London in the aftermath of the event.
Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016 at the Guildhall Gallery – until November 20th 2016
If it hadn’t been for the Great Fire of London, the skyline of The City would look very different today. One of the few surviving records of the time before the blaze is an engraving by Claes Jansz Visscher. It is a panorama showing the spires and steeples of the cityscape at the time.
Part of the exhibition to show it off is a modern equivalent of the engraving made by artist Robin Reynolds. The 6.6-foot artwork shows how the London skyline looks today, with plenty of iconic buildings that those staying in serviced apartments in the capital will recognise.
London 1666 on the River Thames – September 4th 2016
One of the highlights of the anniversary on the fire will undoubtedly be London 1666. This unique project will see a 120-metre long sculpture of Renaissance London floated down the Thames and set fire to. The artwork has been designed by artist David Best and built by Londoners not in employment, education or training.
It will be quite a spectacle to see The City on fire once more, 350 years after the original blaze.
Talks at The Monument – until September 2nd 2016
A permanent reminder of the fire stands in the heart of The City, not far from where the flames first broke out. The Monument is a fascinating place to visit, as its doric column can be climbed via 311 steps to a viewing platform with stunning vistas across the surrounding area. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and features an urn of flames at the top.
Talks explaining the history, science and significance of The Monument provide a deeper insight into its construction and the event that led to it.