29: The Monument to the Great Fire of London

MonumentA barrier opens to let the bus back into the city down a 'bus only' lane. As you reach the next road junction with traffic lights, Pudding Lane is on the left, where the 1666 Great Fire of London is thought to have started, and a few yards further is Fish Street Hill where you should get a glimpse of the commemorative Monument. This column was designed by Wren (of St Paul's fame) shortly after the fire and has a gilded flaming orb at the top. It is possible to climb a narrow spiral staircase inside the column to reach a small platform 200 feet up, although the view is a bit disappointing with so many high buildings nearby.

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