Reopened in 2009 after an 18-month closure and almost £4.5 million renovation, The Monument is one of the most popular attractions of London. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to honour the Great Fire of London. You can climb as many as 311 steps to reach the top of this landmark. What follows next is simply remarkable. London looks absolutely splendid once you reach the top. An enclosed deck offers you views over London taking in the BT Tower, Tower Bridge and the river.
An interesting point is the height of this freestanding stone column. The height of this is also the distance between the Monument and the bakery on Pudding lane which was the assumed source of the fire that shattered the city.
St Magnus the Martyr
St Magnus the Martyr was built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1671 and 1676. The master mason of Richard II, Henry Yevele is buried here.
The church is situated in Lower Thames Street close to The Monument and is part of the Diocese of London and under the pastoral care of the Bishop of London and the Bishop of Fulham.
Walkie Talkie/ 20 Fenchurch Street
Designed by world-famous architect Rafael Vinoly. 20 Fenchurch Street is also known as ‘Walkie Talkie’ due to the unique shape. The building made headlines before it even opened when it 'melted' cars parked underneath it during the summer heat in 2013. Luckily, measures were taken to prevent such happenings after the opening. This 34-storey building is 160 m tall and is the fifth-tallest building in the City of London. The top floor is the Sky Garden bar and restaurant, which spans three floors and offers great views.
A World War II cruiser with nine decks, HMS Belfast is moored at Morgan's Lane off Tooley Street. Exploring this floating museum is an exciting experience. You can pop into the Captain’s Bridge and head down to the huge Boiler and Engine Rooms. HMS Belfast was launched on St Patrick’s Day and was designed for offensive action and to also carry military operations.