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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 9.30am-6pm daily, October-March 9.30am-5.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Monument/ London Bridge
Price: Free-£5
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This is a great (and cheap) way to see the London skyline, it only cost £4.50. The observation deck sits 311 steps/160 ft up, just below a golden orb of fire. The view from the top is lovely, you can see loads of landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Gherkin, BT Tower and the Tate Modern. Bit steep on the way up and tight on the way down, but it all adds to the fun!


There are a lot of steps, and it gets pretty tight when it's busy but the view of London from the top is worth the small entry fee. You even get a certificate!


The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, stands 202ft high and is positioned 202ft away from the bakery on Pudding Lane, where is believed the Great Fire to have started. Built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire in 1666, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Its narrow spiral stone staircase of 311 steps leading to a viewing platform and providing us with an opportunity to look across London in all directions from a height of about 160 feet.

Entrance fee is £5, concessions £3.50. If you suffer from some medical conditions, you won’t be able to get in as there is no lift. The viewing platform is quite small, as you are leaving you are rewarded with a souvenir certificate. With so many other viewing attractions build nearby such as Sky Garden, the Shard, where there is an easy access, you can relax and enjoy your time, the Monument is becoming less and less popular and it’s quite enough to observe its beauty from outside without climbing the stairs. And the mesh on the platform is quite annoying as well so it's a bit of a challenge to get pictures any way. And it's very windy up there! The only advantage, it's available instantly as the other IG friendly attractions, even though free, you have to get tickets in advance because of their popularity.


Monument was for long the highest monument in London.

For a few pounds, you can climb the stairs to the top. After 311 steps, you realise that Monument is from far (or high?) no longer the London highest construction; and lost in the middle of the city, it looks even smaller.

This is still a great experience even if you do not climb for the view, and this is a cheap London attraction. I would probably avoid doing it with young kids as the stairs are two-way and pretty narrow.


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.

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.


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.

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