Built between 1671 and 1677, Sir Christopher Wren’s flame-topped Monument is a Doric stone column commemorating the 1666 Great Fire of London. It is built on the site of St Margaret’s, the first church burnt down by the fire, and is 212 feet tall to mark its distance from the fire’s reported starting place on Pudding Lane.
Recently, the Monument has undergone repair works, as well as re-gilding the golden orb to make this symbol of the fire’s flames as impressive as ever.
Those feeling brave (and energetic!) can climb the 311 winding steps to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding stone column in order to benefit from the stunning views across London visible from the Monument’s open-air observation gallery. What’s more, if you do so you get a certificate to prove your achievement!
For any of us counting our steps, this will be sure to take you way past the mark.