What better way to explore the history of the Great Fire of London in this 350th year than through three and a half pints in the City’s historic Fuller’s pubs?
With one of three experts as a guide, this walk paced the streets and traced the history of the Great Fire of London. Each route - part of London's Burning - hosted its very own thematic talk, offering a unique perspective on the Great Fire and the aftermath.
Route 1: Fire Walks into a Pub
Started at The Chamberlain Hotel (130-135 Minories, London EC3N 1NU)
Pub historian Pete Brown offered his unique perspective on the Great Fire of London and the drinking culture of the 17th-century.
Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of several books, including Man Walks Into A Pub: A Sociable History of Beer, Hops & Glory and Shakespeare’s Local. He also writes the Cask Report – the annual guide to cask ale, and has written numerous articles in the drinks trade press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a judge on the BBC Food and Farming Awards and the Great Taste Awards. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Route 2: Crime and Punishment
Started at Natwest (1 Hatton Garden, London EC1P 1DU)
Expert tour guide Joanna Moncrieff embarked on a spine-tingling journey into the murderous history of the City’s back streets.
Joanna Moncrieff is a London Tour Guide with a lifelong and lasting connection with London. Moncrieff’s Bar in the House of Commons is named after her father, respected journalist Chris Moncrieff. In a walk that takes in such infamous criminal locations as Bleeding Heart Yard and notorious temple of punishment The Old Bailey, Joanna will unlock the dark and grisly secrets of The Square Mile. Following in her father’s footsteps, Joanna writes a blog, usually about her foodie finds or interesting pubs and she is always on the look-out for more places to write about.
Route 3: A London Obsession
Started at The Old Bank of England (194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT)
Award-winning London obsessive Peter Berthoud took a historically fascinating jaunt through the City of London.
Peter Berthoud is a highly experienced London guide and writer, who spends virtually all his time walking in, writing about or reading about London.
He has also given numerous talks and lectures on aspects of London’s history in venues as diverse as Guildhall Library, HMS President, Kettner’s, The Café Royal, Westminster Reference Library and the Coca-Cola London Eye. He has also appeared in various programmes for BBC radio, TV and ITV and acted as a consultant on various films and other projects. Peter has amassed a huge collection of London related books, maps and original documents. We’ll have to wait and see what items he brings along with him to help illustrate this walk. Peter’s personal interests range from art to pubs, history, maps, architecture and photography.