I love London and think it is one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world. Now, I will admit that I may be slightly biased, as I was born there and lived there for the first 4 years of my life, so I think I have it in my blood! But that aside, just when I think I have seen everything there is to see, I find something new to discover.
As a child I learnt about the Great Fire that started in a bakery on Pudding Lane in 1666. I was fascinated with the history lessons and seeing the illustrations of the fire ripping through London. The fire burnt for 3 days and destroyed 436 acres of the city including 13,000 houses! Back then, fire brigades did not exist so the water had to be pumped from the River Thames.
Now, I had always wondered where the Bakery was actually located in London and thought about visiting the site… and with a little research – thanks Google! – I discovered that the Tube Stop ‘Monument’ was a tower that was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London! Amazing!
It was super cheap to climb the narrow, windy staircase to the top of the Tower for some incredible views of the City – much cheaper than the very popular London Eye. It was very cool to experience a part of London’s history that isn’t recognised as a top tourist attraction and as a result was quiet on tourist numbers – perfect for having sometime to appreciate the view and the history.
Also, you get a certificate for climbing the 311 steps to the top! A really nice gesture that was very well received by the other travellers.
So, if you are in London and want to save a bit of money, head over to Monument to get epic views of London city at a very cheap price!
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