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Let’s climb to the top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677 in memory of the great fire of London of 1666, and designed by the architect Sir Christopher Wren.

Monument to the Great Fire of London
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The fire started at a baker’s house in Pudding Lane on Sunday 2 September 1666 and was finally extinguished on Wednesday 5 September, having destroyed much of the city. 

The monument is 61 metres high, which is the exact distance between the monument itself and the place where the fire broke out in Pudding Lane. 

If you want to climb to the top, be well prepared, because you will have to climb 311 steps, but trust us, it will definitely be worth it. You will enjoy a wonderful view of London!



Monument to the Great Fire of London
© Wonders of London

Unfortunately in the past six people committed suicide by jumping from up here. The last was Jane Cooper, a servant, on 19 August 1842. Only after this incident was the first protective metal netting installed. 

At the end of your visit, you will be given a certificate for having climbed the 311 steps, definitely a nice souvenir to take home! 

If you’re curious you can watch the video of the Monument on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter!


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