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.
A SMALL BAKERY NEAR LONDON BRIDGE
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.
THE PUDDINGS OF PUDDING LANE
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 TO THE GREAT FIRE
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.
A CLEANER, MORE SPACIOUS LONDON TOWN
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.