Remembering the Great Fire

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – a major conflagration that swept through central parts of the city. To mark the occasion, we look at London's best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine.

Huge areas of the capital were alight from 2-5 September in 1666, and the blaze was started at a bakery, owned by Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane, shortly after midnight and spread rapidly across the west of the city.

Throughout his life, he strongly denied that his bakery was to blame and claimed that his oven had been properly cleaned out the night before.

His family were trapped upstairs, but managed to escape by climbing from an upstairs window to the house next door.

The fire caused around £10m worth of damage and displaced as many as 80,000 residents.

To mark the occasion, we show off some of London’s best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine:

Balthazar Boulangerie, Covent Garden
E5 Bakehouse, London Fields
Fabrique, Hoxton
Gail's, Hampstead
Old Post Office Bakery, Brixton
St John Bakery, Bermondsey

In June, The Worshipful Company of Bakers commissioned a new dinner play to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

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