Short term let London – Pudding Lane in The City

The innocent sounding Pudding Lane has rather an infamous history. This where the great and terrible fire of London of 1666 started which almost destroyed the whole of London!  The City and it’s surroundings is just teeming with ancient history of this kind, making it one of the most fascinating and sought after neighbourhoods to find a short term let London.


The fire started in a small bakery on Pudding Lane in Eastcheap which lies near London Bridge in The City. A maid had forgotten to extinguish the coals of the oven the evening before and sparks ignited.  Flames spread through the bakery, then they moved even faster onto the surrounding wooden houses and then onto the buildings of London itself.  80% of the town, including the original St Paul’s Cathedral, was destroyed, luckily with little loss of life.


An interesting fact, and one that not many Londoner’s know,  is that the “pudding” in the street name here does not refer to the famous English dessert puddings, as most people assume. Offal, and other animal bits and pieces were called puddings then and the butcher’s carts used to come through this part of London filled with their wares to sell.


The Monument nearby was built some years after the fire by Sir Christopher Wren.  It is the tallest free standing stone monument in the world and the gilded bronze flaming urn at the very top shines even on the gloomiest days.  Walk easily from your short term let London in The City to visit Pudding Lane and the Monument to remember this incredible event that so changed the capital.


All was not bad news in the aftermath of the fire, despite the enormous destruction.  Londoners had already suffered the Great Plague a year earlier and the Great Fire destroyed the worst slums in town, which helped to eradicate bacteria and germs. The new and re-built London was more open and clean, with better living conditions for the general populace, especially the poor.

Read our City area guide to find out more about the many historical sights, attractions and cultural place of interest here and in the surrounding areas and peruse our City short term let London selection to see which of these holiday short lets suit you best.

Visit London museums

Fan Museum

When you visit London you will surely go to Greenwich and discover some great London museums.  The Fan Museum is the first and only museum in the world devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan.   It has been described as “an architectural and artistic gem”, and as “an oasis of tranquillity”.  A delightful and genteel museum, situated in the heart of historic Greenwich and housing a collection of over 3500, mainly antique, fans.

The buildings are themselves historically interesting and date from 1721.  Lovingly restored this is a super place to spend a few hours and enjoy a relaxing tea in the elegant orangery when you visit London.

Some of the place names in London seem created specifically to sort the locals from the visitors.  All those olde English words with their silent ‘L’s and ‘W’s’; perfect to trip up your tongue and confuse you completely.  But do not despair, simply refer to our handy little London guide below and all will be as clear as London mud.  If you are really stuck here is a nifty website that will pronounce the word for you, so, make like Eliza and and get your mouth around all those old vowels.  You will be navigating London like a Londoner in no time !


Aldwych ald-witch / auldwych
Aldgate Or’git / Old-Gate
Borough borra / burra
Carshalton car-shol-ten
Chiswick chis-ik
Clerkenwell clark-enwell
Deptford det-ford
Earls Court erls-cort
Grosvenor grow-venna
Knightsbridge naits-brij
Holborn ho-bern / O’bn
/ Hob’n
/ Ho-Burn
 with emphasis on first syllable.
Isleworth isel-werth
Loughton lo-ton
Marylebone marli-bone / marlee-b’n
Plaistow plast-o
Sloane slown
Streatham stret-am
Sydenham sid-in-am
Ruislip rai-slip
Silent Southwark suth-uk
Streatham stret-am
Thames temms
Vauxhall vox-all / or voc-sall
Wimbledon wimbel-dun
Woolwich wull-ich