The Monument to the Great Fire of London was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the victims of the Fire and celebrate the reconstruction of the city.
The Monument is a doric column made of stone standing 202 ft (62 m) tall crowned with a gilded urn of fire, representing the Great Fire of London of 1666. The 202 ft matches the distance between where the column is and Thomas Farynor’s bakery, where the fire started.
At the base of the Monument, you’ll see a bas-relief that represents the beginning of the fire, the destruction of London and its prior restoration and construction of The Monument.
By climbing a narrow winding staircase of 311 steps, you will reach the top of The Monument and enjoy a view of the Tower Bridge area.
The Monument commemorates one of the saddest events that took place in London and the visit to see the column is worthwhile, although we recommend not climbing the 311 steps, as the views leave a great deal to be desired. If you decide to reach the top of The Monument, at the end of your visit you will be given a document to certify your visit.
Another interesting monument that commemorates the Great Fire of London is the “Golden Boy of Pye Corner”, located on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithville. It marks the spot where the fire was extinguished.
Every day from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm or 6 pm.
The Monument + Tower Bridge: £10,50. (Students: £7,20)
Free entry with the London Pass.
Tube: Monument (District and Circle lines), London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
Buses: 17, 521, 21, 43, 133, 141, 48 and 149.
Train: Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway.