In his diary Samuel Pepys described the Great Fire of London as burning ‘in a most horrid, malicious, bloody flame’. The citizens of London came to feel as if the fire were actually malicious - as if it had its mind made up to destroy the City! So great was the devastation spreading round them.
Come with me to follow the fire! We start down on Pudding Lane, near London Bridge, and see how it spread as far as St Paul's Cathedral. This was the high-point of the fire's destructive progress, as the building they thought wouldn't burn collapsed. Masonry and lead cascaded down in a nightmare of destruction.
Meet Your Live Virtual Guide
I was born in Bethnal Green, in the East End of London, in 1964 - and I'm still here! A lifetime in London keeps me in tune with the city's rhythms, and this gives authenticity to my work.
I qualified as a City of London guide in 2013, but also I guide a lot in the East End, where I teach tour guiding through my local authority.
Through my virtual tours my aim is to evoke the experience of being on London's streets. The setting of the tour is as important as the topic, and we get to know the character of the area as we go.
My specialist areas are literary London, espionage and intelligence, crime and the law, business and trade, and philanthropy. Also I'm a medievalist by training, and am developing a collection of pre-modern London tours.
How Beeyonder Works
What is a virtual tour?
All of our online tours are live and interactive. This means everyone on the tour can speak directly to the guide throughout the tour to experience the destination as if you are actually there.
How To Join A Tour
Easy to use! After booking, you get a unique link to a streaming platform, such as Zoom, to begin each tour. No other technology needed.
Tours for All Groups
Virtual tours are perfect for virtual events, team bonding and for large or small groups. We cater to individuals, corporate groups and senior groups. Our tours are engaging and inclusive for groups of all sizes.
Preparing for your Virtual Tour
You'll need a device with a reliable internet connection which has a good broadband signal. Please do ensure that you're using a device which has good audio output.
You must have downloaded Zoom onto your device in advance in order to join this event. If you've not done so, you can do it easily and simply. It’s free to install from here: https://zoom.us/
The presentation is based on a slideshow with a live commentary, as if we were actually on the streets. You're welcome to make comments and to ask questions as we go, just like you would if we were walking together.