HE devastation of the Great Fire of 1666 is traced in an exhibition, ‘Fire! Fire!’, at the Museum of London (until April 17, 2017, 020–7001 9844; www.museumoflondon.org. uk). It’s 350 years ago this September that Samuel Pepys sat in a Thameside alehouse, tears welling in his eyes as he watched ‘an arch of flames above a mile long’ engulf the City.
The Great Fire changed London like no other event until the Blitz, destroying St Paul’s Cathedral, the Guildhall, 87 churches and more than 13,000 houses, however, the aftermath was a much-needed updating of building regulations and the development of Christopher Wren’s admired skyline of church spires. JW
Red alert: Great Fire of London, seen from Ludgate