Designed by Sir Christopher Wren to honour the Great Fire of London, The Monument has been attracting visitors for more than 300 years. Today, visitors can climb the 311 spiral steps that are 202 feet to reach to the top of The Monument and enjoy remarkable views. There is an enclosed observation deck at the top that offers an incomparable view over London including Tower Bridge, River Thames and a lot more. It is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. Every visitor who makes it to the Monument and back receives a certificate of completion.
Museum of London
With over 1.1 million objects, the Museum of London showcases the real flavours of London life from the prehistoric to present day. Historic pieces include precious books, vintage cars including the Lord Mayor’s State Coach. The museum comprises four permanent galleries displaying life from prehistoric times up until the Stuart period. It shows everything from how the city changed under Romans and Saxons to how the city was shrunken by plague, fire and wars.
Venturing into the Galleries of Modern London is like walking the streets of Victorian London. It is like taking a stroll in pleasure gardens.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is the spiritual home of Great Britain. Built by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral is renowned for architectural symbolism, medieval relics, curving galleries and great domes. The funerals of Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill were conducted inside the church’s fortress-like walls and the fairy-tale wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer happened here. St Paul’s Cathedral survived the attacks in World War II and hence became the symbol of British strength.
Wren was 78 years old when the construction of the cathedral was completed. His son placed the last stone in position.
Described as “one of the wonders of the modern world” by the Queen, this is one of the most impressive and dynamic cultural sites in London. Barbican is Europe’s largest arts centre and is also the base for the London Symphony Orchestra. It comprises a concert hall, three cinemas, two art galleries, five conference rooms and two trade exhibition halls.
This public reference library focuses in the history of London. The collection comprises over 200,000 titles including books, pamphlets, trade directories and others from the 15th century to the 21st century covering various aspects of life in London. The library offers free access to a range of online resources. It runs an engaging programme of events.