The Monument to the Great Fire of London
18 Fish Street Hill, London, United Kingdom
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The Monument to the Great Fire of London Reviews
Alternative panorama of London Oct 05, 2014
If you're looking for a cheaper way to get a cityscape view of London than that of the much more visited London Eye, with some added historicity thrown in for good measure, then 'the Monument' is just the ticket. This freestanding stone column - the tallest in the world - tends to be seen as something to simply take a picture of, but it really is worth the cheap admission fee to ascend to the top.
A bit of historical context: the Monument was constructed by Christopher Wren (the man responsible for St Paul's Cathedral) to symbolise the rebirth of the city following the massive destruction wrought by the Great Fire of London of 1666. It is 202 feet (61 metres) high, allegedly the exact distance from the monument to where the fire itself started on nearby Pudding Lane. The flaming copper urn that crowns the column is the telltale sign.
It's a 311-step climb to the top up a dizzying, precariously thin spiral staircase - so it's not recommended for the unfit or those of a nervous disposition. Once you get to the top, it's fair to say that the views are not quite as spectacular as those you'd get from the London Eye. This is a consequence of high rise skyscrapers superseding it in the centuries since it was constructed - back in the 17th century it would have towered over everything else. But the views are impressive nonetheless, and afford superior sightings of nearby Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Shard than anywhere else can. That, and you get a certificate to mark your achievement when you get back down!
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