After years of working in London I realised that I had walked past the Monument to the Fire of London many hundreds of times but had never climbed it. So, yesterday, I did.
The Monument, as it is known, was completed in 1677 and sits at the north end of London Bridge (that, for American readers, is different from Tower Bridge, the pretty one that lifts up in the middle – London Bridge is a very boring structure).
Anyway, tucked down a little side street the tower stands, increasingly dwarfed by surrounding modern buildings. For £3 you get to climb the 300-odd steps of a cantilever stone spiral staircase.
The staircase is tight and narrow and makes passing others going in the opposite direction a little tricky.
Once at the top you are in a wire mesh cage to stop those that want to end their lives in a…
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