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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Address: Monument St., London, England
Phone Number: 020 7626 2717
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Description: This 202-foot high freestanding column (the tallest in the world) was...
This 202-foot high freestanding column (the tallest in the world) was built by Christopher Wren in memory of those who died in the Great Fire of 1666.
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Great views- however fence blocks good photo taking

A great morning exercise to climb to the top. Great views of London in all directions. Unfortunately, the security fence wire is so narrow, it makes it almost impossible to take... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I walk past the Monument every single day on my way to work, and one lunch time I was walking by and decided spur of the moment to scale the thing. Well, 5 inch heels and a pencil skirt made this process a lot longer than it necessarily needed to be, but the end result was spectacular. The view from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great morning exercise to climb to the top. Great views of London in all directions. Unfortunately, the security fence wire is so narrow, it makes it almost impossible to take decent pictures without the wire getting in the way. Ladies at the entrance were also very friendly and made me feel more than welcome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I have climbed The Monument twice and enjoyed the view very much! It is just over 300 spiral steps, but not too difficult. Great view for cheap.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

After climbing 311 steps, I arrived at a small viewing platform with rooftop views of the surrounding city. The Monument was relatively cheap and I stayed for about 15 minutes. One the the better views of the Shard from across the Thames River, but I really wish they offered a clear viewing glass instead of a fence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We came across this monument and it was shocking just how many people possibly dies with the number of homes burned during the great fire. The year that it happened 1666 was kind of interesting too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Monument is a London landmark that many people may not see (due to the fact that it is tucked away between some large office blocks) and may also walk past frequently without ever venturing inside. But... you are missing a piece of London history as well as passing by a wonderful opportunity to see London from a totally different... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have lived in London for over 30 years but only climbed the Monument to the Great Fire of London for the first time about a year ago. I was really surprised by the beautiful alternative view! This attraction is one of the lesser known therefore not really crowded when we visited (which is a real bonus in London) and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

311 steps up a spiral staircase is not for the faint hearted but its well worth climbing for the view and the experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

a must see attraction in the centre of London with a fascinating story to tell, be warned though there are 311 steps to reach the top but once you are there the views are truly amazing. it is extremely high (160 feet) and can be quite a scary experience if you suffer from vertigo but the amazing views help counter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

When this was built, to commemorate the 1666 'Great Fire of London' which destroyed most of the then city, many considered that the fire had been a 'Popish Plot' and you will see evidence of this in the inscriptions around the base. This attraction, still known to many (including me) simply as 'The Monument', was beginning to look tatty, degraded... More 

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