One of the rare occasions when I had a little bit of time during my lunch break, so I decided to walk the 311 steps of a narrow winding staircase of the Monument. To me the staircase itself is the most interesting part of the building, though the views from the top are quite amazing.
The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, 202 ft (62 m) tall and 202 ft (62 m) from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started on 2 September 1666. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. Its height marks its distance from the site of the shop of Thomas Farynor, the king’s baker, where the Great Fire began. A mesh cage was added in the mid-19th century at the top to prevent people jumping off, after six people had committed suicide from the structure between 1788 and 1842.