NileGuide Expert Says:
The Best $5 You'll Ever Spend
(at Botolph Lane)
EC3R 8AH London, United Kingdom
tel: +44 20 7626 2717
It's not just about the spectacular panoramic view of London you're rewarded with after huffing up The Monument's 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.
In just under 30 minutes you will: receive a brilliant work out, marvel at London, spot famous landmarks, & snap loads of pictures. Kids are awarded certificates with a drawing of The Monument and a list of facts about the Great Fire of London making fine material for school or a souvenir.
Stop at Pudding Lane on your way out for the obligatory pictures although there isn't much to look at anymore other than the street sign. Thankfully fantastic educational material for children (actually adults will learn a lot too) is available to download from The Monument's website to enhance the experience.