'London's Burning! The Story of the Great Fire of London' Webinar

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In the early hours of Sunday morning on September 2, 1666, a small fire broke out in a bakehouse on Pudding Lane in the heart of the city of London. While fires were not uncommon in any medieval city, this one quickly spread out of control to epic proportions — within four days, it destroyed 13,200 homes, 87 churches, and countless civic and political institutions spread across 436 acres. But how did this devastating fire begin? What life-saving actions resulted in only six confirmed deaths? How did the city recover and rebuild? This is the incredible story of the 'mother of all fires' and its lasting impact on London over three centuries later.

Join New York Adventure Club as we go back in time and examine the lead-up, day-by-day account, and aftermath surrounding the Great Fire of London, a four-day blaze in 1666 that burned the medieval city to the ground — but like a phoenix, gave way to a new and vibrant modern London built atop its ashes.

Led by award winning London Blue Badge Tour Guide Simon Whitehouse, our unique look at this pivotal moment in London history will include:

  • An overview of London in 1666 and why conditions were ripe for a large fire to break out
  • An examination of contemporary accounts to see how the fire progressed over a four-day period
  • A discussion of the inept politician whose indecisiveness resulted in the fire spreading out of control
  • Heroic, tragic, and peculiar stories surrounding the fire, including diarist Samuel Pepys and his friend William Penn who buried something interesting in the backyard for safekeeping
  • A look at the buildings that survived the Great Fire, as well as the glorious buildings that rose in their ashes, including Wren’s magnificent Baroque masterpiece St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Theories about who started the fire, one of which pins the blame on a hapless baker

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Simon — any and all questions about the Great Fire of London are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests

About Simon

Simon is an award winning London Blue Badge Guide, arts lecturer, presenter and recovering actor. He guides a wide variety of themes and subjects with a passion for theatre, literature & art history/ He has worked for the BBC, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, & Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre & London and is currently on the faculty of Ithaca College,London Centre. Instagram @bluebadgesimon.


"I knew nothing about this event. His diagrams & old photos were so helpful in understanding this tragedy. I lived in London for a brief time and it sure did give me a different appreciation for what came before centuries ago." -Sharon

"The facts of the story were delivered and a way to make it interesting and memorable. Sometimes webinars of this type just throw back to you, but Simon made them very interesting!" -Elaine

"Articulate, informed speaker. Interesting presentation." -Diane

"Hugely enjoyable- fascinating information, & Simon always presents so clearly & with such great research." -Mary

"The knowledge & personality of the presenter. Great graphics that helped me understand the enormity of the fire. Fascinating!" -Michele

"The topic, the content, the images and especially the reconstruction of London, and the connections of 17th c. London and the buildings of today." -Susan

"Very thorough look at the event given in an easy to understand, interesting way." -Elizabeth

"Great content with interesting graphics. Great presentation." -Celeste

"The host is knowledgeable and his narration is engaging." -John

"Super informative and presenter was very knowledgeable." -Dorothy


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