The Monument

Monument Street London EC3R 8AH

This Doric tower stands at 61 metres (202 feet) tall, which is the exact distance away from the spot where the Great Fire of London started in a Pudding Lane bakers. King Charles II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to create a monument to show that the ‘city would soon rise again’, and he wasted no time in doing just that – it was built in 1667. Climb the 311 steps and you’ll reach the observation deck where you can admire the views. Be warned, the staircase is narrow and those going up and down have to pass so don’t take a large bag – but do take a camera. Everyone who completes the climb receives a certificate when they get back down, which you may feel you have earned.

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