How Cheap is Cheap?
Once again the NileGuide local experts have been given a $5.00 challenge which always makes me cringe. That equates to a whopping $3.15 hardly enough for round trip bus fare in town. Now London does do free very well: museums, parks, street entertainment, exhibits and walks but when we’re talking attractions such as the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace the entrance fees soar towards the £20 or $30 mark.
For £3.00 and only £1.00 for children, I suggest climbing The Monument. It’s not just about the spectacular panoramic view of London you’re rewarded with after huffing up the 311 spiral steps, but about why it it is there in the first place. Built by Sir Christopher Wren (the same chap who built St. Paul’s & Buckingham Palace), The Monument was erected in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London of 1666 which wiped out over 13,000 houses and structures. The Doric column stands 202 feet tall, the same distance to the start of the fire at Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane, with a giant bronze orb and flame at the top. Every single primary aged student in England learns about the devastating 4 day fire and its impact on London. From the caged viewing platform overlooking the Thames the uninterrupted views from Tower Bridge to the London Eye are worth the effort.
Now You Do It
Weather is certainly a factor with this experience, don’t bother going up on a cloudy/rainy day. Check it out on a gorgeous blue day and you’ll understand why Londoners have so much pride. If heights aren’t your thing, you can stay below and watch the sights from the newly installed live cameras.
If You’d Like to Splurge