The Great Fire of London devastated the capital 350 years ago today, in one of the most famous disasters in English history. It began in the small hours of Sunday 2 September 1666, spreading across the city until the flames finally went out three days later.

Thousands were made homeless by the fire, which quickly ravaged the wooden houses along London's narrow, overpopulated streets and consumed St Paul's Cathedral. After a long and dry summer, water was scarce and the city was suffering a drought so the timber homes burned easily. The flames were fuelled even more when the fire spread to the riverfront of the Thames, where it hit warehouses stocked with combustible products such as oil.

To mark the anniversary of the fire, events will take place across the capital for the London's Burning Festival, to give visitors a unique perspective on the fire which swept through the city in 1666. To find our more about the fire, test your knowledge with our quiz: