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The Monument

The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. It stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill. 

Recently the Monument has been awarded the RICS and the RIBA London Awards in 2010.

As you enter through a small door in the plinth of the Monument you are greeted by a spiral staircase which seems to be endless. Believe us when we say that a breather half way up the staircase is needed given there are 311 steps to climb.
 
As we entered the viewing gallery we took a massive gulp of air, not only because our heart rate was racing due to the steep climb but also because of the amazing 360 degree views across London.
 
The recently refurbished cage on the viewing platform allows you to wander freely and in complete safety.  From the viewing gallery you get a birds eye view of Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, Big Ben, The Globe Theatre, The Clink Museum and the Millennium Bridge and get a real feel of the hustle and bustle below you. 
 
The journey down the 311 steps is somewhat easier and as you pass those visitors going up you will have the knowing smile, the smile you received on the way up, the smile that says, its a great view, but your calf muscles are going to hurt in the morning!
 
Great value at £3 per adult and £1.50 per child and they even presented us with a certificate as we were leaving so that we can show our friends and family that we reached the Monument summit and survived to tell the tale. (please note – prices correct February 2012)
 
 

Four Monument Facts

  1. The Monument is 61 metres high (202 feet) – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began.
  2. Christopher Wren and his friend and colleague, Dr Robert Hooke, designed The Monument.
  3. Six people have committed suicide by throwing themselves from the gallery. Thankfully since the installation of the viewing cage this is now impossible!
  4. Due to the difficulty of getting sufficient quantities of Portland Stone construction of the monument took six years (1671 to 1677)

 

 

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