Last week may have not been the best time to climb the 311 steps of Christopher Wren’s freestanding stone column but in spite of it being freezing cold and snowy, The Monument did not disappoint. In the midst of the busy City of London’s commercial trade, hectic city workers and flashy bars, sits this prominent yet tucked away structure.
Of course, if you were to compare the panoramas of The Monument to the views from one of the glass pods spinning around the London eye or even the spectacular vistas from sky-scrapping viewing platforms of the Shard, then you may find it slightly modest. But as a Londoner keen to experience and enjoy everything our capital has to boast about, I feel a trip up this intriguing pillar is worth it.
What can you see from up there? Well you can walk around the centre once you have recovered from the stairs and see the City of London, its old streets, its new streets, high rise buildings being put together piece by piece, The Gherkin, The Shard, The Razor, St Pauls Cathedral, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, City Hall, Canary Wharf and the magnificent gold flaming urn symbolising The Great Fire which devastated our beloved city in 1666. It should also be noted that during its recent renovation The Monument was fitted with a 24 hour panoramic camera that records every minute of the weather, building and ground activity in the Square Mile.
The best way to get here is to take a district line train to Monument station and it is right outside. Ticket cost £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children and they say you get a certificate of completion when you exit but we were never awarded any even though we made it to the top and back down. If you visit on a weekend like we did, head over to the vibrant Borough Food Market near London Bridge after for a delicious bite (next to Southwark Cathedral)
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