13th February 2001
Monument St, London EC3R 8AJ
View from the Monument
Of course it may seem a bit puny now compared to the views across London from the gallery at the Shard (when it’s not overcast or foggy, that is) and the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden, but it’s only at the Monument that, when you get to the top, you experience the euphoria of having managed to climb all 311 steps without passing out. And you get a certificate.
The view’s not so bad, either, although if all the planning applications for new skyscrapers get approved (& they probably will if the next London Mayor is as easily dazzled by developers as the current one is), you may have nothing but high-level open plan offices to admire in future.
Anyway, this particular journey was made back in the olden days (pre- the major renovation in 2008-9) when the walls were still covered in graffiti & that big pointy building wasn’t dominating the scenery across the river. So I choose a picture of a view looking down, obviously.
Presumably I don’t need to say anything about the Great Fire because children learn all about it in the womb these days (although the fire may not have started in Pudding Lane after all, apparently). Does everyone know about the telescope thing as well? I imagine so. And here’s something wonderfully bonkers that has nothing whatsoever to do with tall memorials, but it does have an appropriate title.