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 (© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
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© Michelle Grant
 (View from Monument - © Andrew Brackenbury)
View from Monument - © Andrew Brackenbury
 (View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski)
View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski
 (View from Monument - © Andrew Brackenbury)
View from Monument - © Andrew Brackenbury
 (View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski)
View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski
 (View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski)
View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski
 (View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski)
View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski
 (View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski)
View from Monument - © Britta Jaschinski
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© Andreas Schmidt
 (© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out

Although the Monument, which commemorates the Great Fire of 1666, is often attributed to Christopher Wren – who did choose its location 202 feet from the baker’s shop in Pudding Lane where the fire originated – it was almost certainly designed by Robert Hooke, the seventeenth-century polymath who also invented the sash window and spirit level. The area at the base was given a makeover in 2007 and the Corporation of London installed a new pavilion with public toilets and facilities for Monument staff. Those who climb the 311 steps to the top are rewarded with a certificate as well as wonderful views of London and the gilded bronze urn at the top of the tower blazing in reflected glory in the roof of the new pavilion. Following the Monument’s reopening in Feb 2009 after extensive but sensitive restoration, a live video stream of images from the top can be seen by visitors at the base who prefer not to tackle the ascent.

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Venue name: Monument
Address: Monument St
Opening hours: April-September: Daily 9.30am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm) October-March: Daily 9.30am-5.30pm (last admission 5pm)
Transport: Tube: Monument/ London Bridge
Price: £4, £2.70 concs, £2 under-16s
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Kishma S

Shamefully, I only found out this week that you can climb up Monument. If had just walked to the back of the structure at any point, I would have seen the entrance, alas.

My visit was free as part of the series of events to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the fire which started on 2nd September. The free entry was only for the 2nd & 3rd of September but normally is only £4.50, so it's not breaking the bank.

The column is an impressive 61 meters tall. If you knocked it down (please don't) then it would reach the original site of the fire which is 61 meters away in Pudding Lane so the height is not random. 61 meters equates to 311 steps up a windy staircase so its not for the faint hearted but the historical value makes it worth it.

Nick M

A big column with lots of stairs and a view at the top.  A reasonably inexpensive way of taking in the London skyline.  Had to visit as my daughter was learning all about the Great Fire of London at school so when we asked her which London sites she'd like to see Pudding Lane was number one on the list.  Can imagine that when this was built and didn't have the high rise office buildings for company it would have been an impressive site.

Niomi Harris

I walk past this everyday on the way to work and never really appreciated what a great presence it is. Sometimes it's nice to just stop and join in with the other tourists in craning your neck upwards to take in this great structure. At round a fiver, you get fantastic views across London, certainly a lot cheaper than the Shard or London Eye! A great monument to remember one of the most devastating yet iconic moments of London's history


Probably the best value way to see a view of the 'city' with a bit of history and culture thrown in the mix too. Visitng the top of Monument tower cost less than a Starbucks coffee, with its prime location giving views in all directions - upon canary wharf, tower bridge, the tower of london, city and as far out as Wembley and the Olympic Park. Unfortunately there is obviously no disabled access to the top and no way and even from healthy people a certain level of stamina is required to climb the 311 steps to the top. If you are afraid of heights, I don't recommend climbing this in windy conditions either! But it is amazing and queuing is almost never you get a certificate at the end!


This is an interesting bit of history - the plaque on one side, for instance, preserves the anti-Catholic sentiment that attributed the Great Fire to 'popery'. The Monument has since been eclipsed by much taller towers, but bigger isn't always better in this part of the city, where the Monument's height provides a good vantage point. One letdown is the mesh that surrounds the observation area at the top. To get clear photos, you'll have to position your camera carefully.