"Monument with a fussy bottom." London Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics
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You may not venture into the City, the business heart of London. If you do, I suggest visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, when the place is so very much quieter and you can enjoy exploring the streets and buildings (many of which are stately and imposing expressions of power and wealth).
This area is the original 'London' set within the Roman city wall (you can see a tiny bit of this still standing near the Tower). The Medieval warren of ramshackle wooden houses, narrow alleyways and teeming streets was destroyed in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. The fire started in Pudding Lane (still in existence, but nothing much to see there) and not only destroyed hundreds of houses but also many ancient churches, including St Paul's cathedral).
Sir Christopher Wren's replacement churches (51 in total, including St Paul's) are some of the most beautiful buildings in London.
The Monument (after which a Tube station is named) towers over the City. It stands 61 metres high, topped by a golden crown and with a spiral staircase inside giving superb views over the capital.
It's base is rather fussy, in my opinion, with dragons and carvings galore...but it is well worth a visit.
Open every day from 0930 to 1730.
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