What is London’s Burning?

Discover what the 1666 Great Fire of London means today through the vision of contemporary artists, writers and thinkers.

At the heart of the Great Fire 350 commemorations sat London's Burning, a festival of art and ideas, produced by Artichoke (who also brought Lumiere London and The Sultan's Elephant to the city).

London's Burning brought the Square Mile and surrounding area to life with a series of art installations, performances, talks and tours that gave a modern perspective on a significant moment in the country's history.

Artichoke worked with founding sponsorship from the City of London Corporation and major support from Arts Council England.

What was on at London's Burning?

Find out what was happening during the London's Burning festival.

Events and Installations

London 1666 - a wooden interpretation of the London landscape during the Great Fire was set alight on the river Thames.

Fire Garden - set amongst the gardens of Tate Modern, this warm, glowing, living sculpture park showed just how beautiful fire can also be.

Holoscenes - actors could be seen going about their daily lives whilst submerged in a tank of water.

Dominoes - a 7km chain of breezeblocks toppled along the streets of London.

Fires of London - St Paul's Cathedral and the National Theatre were shown in a whole new light, and colour, in the night sky.

Of All the People in All the World - this traditional London setting presented a moving, and yet playful, art installation based on statistics.

Fire Food Market - fire and food are intrinsically linked and this pop-up street food event had plenty of delicious options to discover.

Talks and Tours

Great Fire 350 on Radio 4 - BBC 4 Radio followed Artichoke as they planned the London's Burning festival, talked to Nicholas Kenyon about his investigation into London’s response to crisis, and presented unique perspectives on the Great Fire of London.

Pepys: After the Fire - this BBC Radio 4 play relived the life of Samuel Pepys once the fire was over.

Talks and Tours Podcasts - Download and listen again to a selection of talks from London's Burning artistic programme.