As the name suggests, this stone tower commemorates the 1666 Great Fire of London, which gutted the heart of the medieval capital. The Doric column was constructed between 1671 and 1677, and stands 62 meters tall – and also 62 meters from the spot on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started. Designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, the base of the Monument – as it is more commonly known – features inscriptions in Latin. There is, of course, no lift – visitors to this historical building must ascend to the top via a narrow winding staircase of 311 steps. The view from the top of the Monument, though nothing compared to that from the flashy Shard skyscraper on the other side of the River Thames, gives you a real sense of how the city has evolved.
- Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 8AH
- City of London
- Monument (Circle Line, District Line)
- London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee Line)
- April–September 9:30am-6pm daily (last admission 5:30pm); October–March 9:30am-5.30pm daily (last admission 5pm)