Thursday, 3 April 2014

London Heights - The Monument

Last week saw me continue my exploration of London from a great height. Recently I have been at the top of Heron Tower for breakfast at Duck & Waffle and The Shard for a morning of photography. Friday's jaunt saw me climb the 311 steps of The Monument in the City of London. This is the original London height, built in 1671 & 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.  Designed by Christopher Wren it is built a stones throw from where the Great Fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, 160ft to be precise, the exact height of the monument. The fire started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and raged for 3 days until finally being extinguished on Wednesday 5th September, desolating much of the city.
The climb is up a narrow spiral staircase, fortunately there are little seating nooks sculptured into the walls with circular windows and look outs, which I took advantage of on the 311 step climb. The viewing platform is securely enclosed and has fabulous views across the City of London, Thames and London Bridge.
I have walked past this area so many times over the years and have never visited this historical site. The view both inside and out is so worth the climb, there is so much history steeped in a such a small square in the city and must be one of the cheapest attractions in London offering such a view... £3 per adult, which in London terms is a real bargain.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

London Heights - The Monument

Last week saw me continue my exploration of London from a great height. Recently I have been at the top of Heron Tower for breakfast at Duck & Waffle and The Shard for a morning of photography. Friday's jaunt saw me climb the 311 steps of The Monument in the City of London. This is the original London height, built in 1671 & 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.  Designed by Christopher Wren it is built a stones throw from where the Great Fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, 160ft to be precise, the exact height of the monument. The fire started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and raged for 3 days until finally being extinguished on Wednesday 5th September, desolating much of the city.
The climb is up a narrow spiral staircase, fortunately there are little seating nooks sculptured into the walls with circular windows and look outs, which I took advantage of on the 311 step climb. The viewing platform is securely enclosed and has fabulous views across the City of London, Thames and London Bridge.
I have walked past this area so many times over the years and have never visited this historical site. The view both inside and out is so worth the climb, there is so much history steeped in a such a small square in the city and must be one of the cheapest attractions in London offering such a view... £3 per adult, which in London terms is a real bargain.

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