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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|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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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.