Businesses and Residents


This page contains important information about how plans for London’s Burning may affect businesses and residents in the City of London and some of the surrounding Boroughs.

London's Burning is a festival of art and ideas taking place from Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 4 September 2016 to commemorate 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

The festival will delight Londoners and visitors with a series of art installations, talks and large-scale outdoor art events in iconic locations around the City of London.

The festival is produced by arts charity Artichoke, with founding sponsorship from the City of London Corporation and major support from Arts Council England and a raft of funders and sponsors. It provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the heritage and cultural offer of the City of London and will bring valuable benefits to local businesses.

Artichoke is working closely with the City of London Corporation, Transport for London, all the statutory bodies and London Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, and Westminster, to minimise the impact on the local area and ensure that London's Burning runs as smoothly as possible for everyone.

You may be affected by some of the individual events taking place, particularly during the weekend of 3 and 4 September. You may also be affected by arrangements for installing and removing some artworks before and afterwards. Download the PDF for the Event Factsheet.

We anticipate London's Burning may affect your business or where you live in the following ways:

Road Closures

There will be events on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, which will result in road closures. The closures noted are correct at the time of writing and may change as plans for the festival develop. Please note roads will be closed at different times throughout the day, for the most up-to-date information go to

As a result of these road closures, there will be significant disruption to traffic during these times. Road closures will not affect access for emergency vehicles. Pedestrian access to properties will be available at all times.

Saturday 3 September – Dominoes event

There will be multiple temporary road closures between 1pm and 9pm, to facilitate the build, the event and the clear up required for the event, affecting the inner roads of the City of London. 

Sunday 4 September – London 1666 event

On Sunday 4 September, road closures will affect Victoria Embankment and access roads, Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge between 5pm and 11pm. Please see the list of roads affected below:

  • Arundel Street
  • Blackfriars Bridge
  • Blackfriars Slip Road
  • Lancaster Place
  • New Bridge Street
  • Northumberland Avenue (southbound)
  • Puddle Dock
  • Queen Victoria Street (between Cannon Street and New Bridge Street)
  • Savoy Street
  • Surrey Street
  • Tallis Street
  • Temple Place
  • Tudor Street
  • Upper Ground (between Rennie Street and Blackfriars Bridge)
  • Upper Thames Street
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Waterloo Bridge


There will be on street parking bay suspensions to facilitate the events. Please ensure you check the parking bay before leaving your motorcycle/vehicle to ensure it has not been suspended. If you usually park overnight on an affected road, you should move your motorcycle/vehicle elsewhere the night before. Parking in the City car parks is unaffected. 

Information on the car parks, including charges can be found at:

Getting around the city during London’s Burning

Please remember that large crowds are expected in London over the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, and you are advised to plan your journey by allowing plenty of time to reach your destination.

Public transport

As a result of the road closures, some bus journeys across parts of Central London will be diverted or stop short of their destination over the main event weekend. Tube and rail stations in areas where the large-scale weekend events are taking place may also be busier than usual. Know your travel options and plan by visiting

Planned Deliveries

If you make or receive weekend deliveries in the City of London or in the vicinity of the Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges, you may be affected by congestion and increased journey times because of road closures related to London’s Burning on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016.

If you are located near these festival areas, you should talk to your customers and suppliers in advance to consider if there are changes you can make to your deliveries. More information can be found at

Festival artworks and locations

Check out the full programme of events for London’s Burning.

For any further enquiries please contact