But if you’re travelling on a budget, there’s a little-known venue in the City of London that not only affords a spectacular view of the city, it also comes at a ridiculously affordable price.
It's the London Monument to the Great Fire of 1666!
Watch a short clip of the Monument on our City of London Virtual Tour (click image)
Those coming on our City of London tour will be shown The London Monument during the walk and the tour ends a short distance away!
Where is the Great Fire of London Monument Located?
The Monument is located adjacent to the intersection of Fish St. Hill and Monument Street. The best way to reach it is to use this Google map for directions to get to the Monument.
The nearest London Underground station is Monument, which is located just around the corner. Read our post on navigating the London Underground.
Reach the Monument by bus (Nos 17, 21, 43, 48, 133, 149, and 521!)
If you are planning on utilizing a hop-on, hop-off bus to travel around London, keep in mind that companies, such as Big Bus, have stops at the London Monument.
Ticket and Visitor Information
The London Monument is open daily from 9:30 to 18:00, with last admissions at 12:30 and 17:30 and costs a mere £5.80 for adults at £2.90 for those under 16.
Admission is free with the London Pass.
Visitors should be prepared for a workout, as there is no lift and 311 stairs to climb!
Once to the top, guests can stand on a viewing platform that provides 360-degree views of the capital.
Those who get the platform will find themselves on top of the tallest isolated stone column in the entire world!
The Monument to the Great Fire of London is a fabulous find for those seeking a spectacular view in the capital.
For more information, check out the London Monument visitor information page.
London attractions that are near the Monument
There are many things located near the Monument, so it's easy to fit this attraction into any itinerary of London.
We recommend that you take a look at our post on things to do in the City of London.
The closest attractions include:
- Tower of London - learn how to visit the Tower of London for free during the Ceremony of the Keys.
- Tower Bridge
- London Bridge
- HMS Belfast
History of the Monument
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666, the stone column of the Monument was begun in 1671 and completed in 1677 at a cost of £13,450.00.
For decades after it was built, The Monument was the highest viewpoint in London and was a popular visitor attraction – it is even mentioned in Dicken’s book Martin Chuzzlewit.
Today, it is less well known and though it is no longer the highest viewpoint in London (that title goes to The Shard), it is still accessible to the public and well worth the effort to visit.
Great care and specification were put into the design of The Monument.
The column stands at 202 ft. high (62 m) and is exactly 202 ft. (62 m) away from the spot where, on the night of the 2nd of September 1666, the Great Fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane.
Although the Great Fire destroyed the majority of the City of London, there was very little loss of life.
The king himself (Charles II), as well as his brother (James, The Duke of York), helped to fight the flames that were eventually extinguished on the 5th of September.
For this reason, both the King and the Duke are depicted in detailed carvings around the bottom of The Monument.