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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Paddington Station
Paddington Basin
Edgware Road
Marble Arch
Oxford Street
John Lewis
Oxford Circus
Piccadilly Circus
Shaftesbury Avenue
Leicester Square
Trafalgar Square
Covent Garden
Law Courts
Temple Bar
Ludgate Hill
St. Paul's Cathedral
Bank of England
London Stone
All Hallows Church
Tower of London
London Wall
Tower Bridge
Port of London Building
Tate Modern
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Inns of Court
Dr. Johnson
Somerset House
Savoy Hotel
Charing Cross
Admiralty Arch
Texas Embassy
Eros Statue
Regent Street
Hamleys Toy Shop
BBC Broadcasting House
New Bond Street
Primark Store
Speakers' Corner
St. Mary's Hospital

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