'To fetch out the fire': reviving London, 1666

When and where

1 September 2016 to 16 December 2016
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

'To fetch out the fire': reviving London, 1666

A free exhibition at the RCP marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

The exhibition is open 1 September – 16 December 2016, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.

Human tragedy, cultural catastrophe, medical emergency

The 1666 Great Fire of London was a final calamity for a city weakened by more than three decades of destruction.

Discover the fascinating story of the razing and rebuilding of the Royal College of Physicians in the heart of the city after the firestorm engulfed it.

Our exhibition follows the story of London's 17th-century physicians as they were divided by war, battled with plague and almost ruined by flames, only to emerge with a magnificent new home designed by Robert Hooke.

Explore the RCP's 17th-century collections which survived: medical remedies and potions, fascinating archives, silver, rare books and our stunning collection of portraits, including some that survived the fire and have the scars to prove it...

  • Address: Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
  • Opening times: Monday-Friday only, 9am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
    **Opening times can vary - do check our visiting page for closure days before your visit**
  • Full accessibility information

Contact us: history@rcplondon.ac.uk | 020 3075 1543

Visting information

Refreshments: We don't currently have a café, however many cafés, pubs and restaurants are within 5-10 minutes walk in Regent's Park and around Great Portland Street station.

Location: Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE (Entrance faces Regent's Park - no access via Albany Street).

We are 5 minutes walk from Great Portland Street and Regent's Park underground stations, 10 minutes walk from Warren Street and just a short stroll along from the Wellcome Collection, British Library, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.