London is set to heat up next week with six days of free events to mark 350 years since the great fire.

A 120-metre sculpture of the capital’s skyline in 1666 will be set alight on the Thames and broadcast live online presented by Lauren Laverne for the finale of Great Fire 350: London’s Burning.

The Great Fire of London swept through the centre of the city from September 2 to 5, 1666 and destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City of London’s 80,000 inhabitants as well as buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral.

The festival is organised by Artichoke, the company where were also behind the popular Lumiere festival, and features a bumper programme of free events from Tuesday, August 30, to Sunday, September 4.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The Great Fire of London was one of the most important moments in the history of the capital.

"The range of fantastic events taking place around its 350th anniversary shows once again that London is open to visitors from around the world.”

Artist Martin Firrell will present two pieces from Thursday. Fires Ancient will see flames projected on the southern and eastern sides of the cathedral showing the damage done and also highlighting how Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic building came from the ashes.

Fires Modern will see flames and text projected onto the flytower of the National Theatre on the South Bank, telling stories of resurgence and change that shaped London.

The Tate Modern gallery will be home to a fire garden from 8pm to 11pm on Saturday, created by French artists Compagnie Carabosse, while a six kilometres of dominoes made up from 26,000 breeze blocks will trace the routes of the fires.

A series of talks includes poetry read by Simon Callow and walking tours including by experienced guide Joanna Moncrieff.

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