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The Great Fire of London

Tour the world's financial centre, the City of London. Imagine as it was in 4th September 1666 after a fire broke out in a baker's oven. In four days the flames burned out three fifths of the wooden and thatched city that Shakespeare would have known. Imagine you are running from the flames with all your worldlies balanced on a cart. The stones exploding because the heat is so intense, and strong winds blowing the ash all the way to Oxford. The Fire gave us The Square Mile, world centre for foreign exchange and insurance. Explore its alleys. Feel its ghosts.

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