Saturday, 28 September 2013

London with little ones #7 The Great Fire of London

This week in school MJ has been studying The Great Fire of London. He has inspired us all so we decided to take a day out in London to help us learn a little more.

We used the 'London Adventure Walks for families' book as a starting point and a friend reminded me that The Museum of London also has an exhibit on the story.

We started our trail at the Tower of London, the furthermost point to which the fire spread. Apparently there is a statue called the Golden Boy on Gitspur Street which marks the spot where the fire ended but we only found this out at the end of our day! Next time! We followed the river westward past the old sugar warehouses. I'm sure I read somewhere that the fire melted the sugar in the stores and it ran down the streets and turned to toffee. I have no idea when or where I read this and didn't see any mention of it today so I may well have dreamt it!

We found Pudding Lane where the fire began and the monument which Sir Christopher Wren designed to remember the event.


From here we made our way to 'Museum of London' on the London Wall. The exhibit is fairly small but enough to fill the minds of little ones and it has a very helped film to watch too.

As usual our trip involved a couple of coffee shop stops, lunch and a visit to the Museum shop where we purchased the Usborne 'Story of London Sticker book' which entertained us on our way home.

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