A couple of weekends ago Paul and I climbed the 311 steps up to the top of the Monument (to the Great Fire of 1666). It didn’t seem that far – but we were climbing behind an old woman (who was going quite slowly) so I wasn’t puffing by the time I got to the top (that and my regular exercising at the gym also helped of course!).
Unfortunately the sun was right behind the monument when I tried to take photos of it so the photos from the ground are pretty dark but it was cool to look out over London from the top! I don’t actually think London has a very exciting skyline but it was still cool to be up there. We also got certificates when we came back down – which we thought was cool.
Above, the Monument, below, the entrance!
A London dragon.
Above, the Latin inscription on the Monument, and below, the translation to English.
The flame on top of the Monument.
Paul up the top of the Monument.
St Magnus the Martyr, a Christopher Wren church. Christopher Wren designed the Monument.
The London Eye and Tate Modern.
St Paul’s Cathedral and lots of cranes.
It’s the Gherkin!
The Tower Bridge and City Hall.
Looking down the stairs from the top.
As the Monument commemorates where the fire started, I might also have to go visit the Golden Boy of Pye Corner which I have just found on Wikipedia, which commemorates where the fire stopped. You can see it on google street view. I have also just found a great map in the Wikipedia article about the fire which shows what areas of London were burnt in the fire and the map includes the old city wall and the various gates in the wall.