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London's Burning Walking Tour: Mondays

A city transformed

Boudica’s Rebellion, The Great Fire of London and the Blitz. London has burned several time in its 2,000 years, and on this 2-hour walk you’ll learn about the 2 cataclysmic events of 1666 and 1940/41.

The Great Fire of 1666 famously started in a bakery  on Pudding Lane. 4 days later more than 13,000 homes and 87 churches had burned to the ground, along with famous buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Exchange.

275 years later, during the Second World War, London sustained heavy bombardment for 7 months, from August 1940 to May 1941. More than 25,000 civilians died and hundreds of thousands were made homeless.

Join your City of London Guide as we walk those streets that witnessed such devastation, which will include: 

  • Firefighters’ Memorial: a fitting memorial to those brave men and women, including St Paul’s Watch who protected the Cathedral
  • St Paul’s Cathedral: learn about Old St Paul’s, a massive gothic cathedral, larger than the present Wren masterpiece
  • Paternoster Square: the centre of the book trade for centuries
  • Christ Church Greyfriars: an historic Wren church and now a beautiful garden
  • Noble Street: the Blitz uncovered some Roman remains, hidden for centuries
  • Guildhall Yard: Guildhall burned during the Great Fire and during the Blitz - but survived
  • Bank Junction: learn about the Underground’s role in keeping Londoners safe
  • Laurence Pountney Hill: a gem of an early 18th C house and a superb example of stricter post-Great Fire building regulations
  • The Monument: end your walk by climbing the 311 steps of a monument that commemorated the Great Fire and enjoy the spectacular view. 

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

 

We've restarted our physical walks!

Our daily walks from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's are now running, and for the moment you'll still need to book your slot.

In addition, you can visit some of the City's delightful gardens, while in the evening take a stroll along the river to admire London's bridges, now beautifully lit thanks to the Illuminated River Project. 

Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.

If you would like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who would like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book an evening walk with us? As guides we know where all the good pubs are!