At 202 feet tall, The Monument to the great fire of London is the world’s tallest freestanding stone column. It was completed in 1677 as a monument to the great fire of London, which destroyed the city in 1666. It is the work of Sir Christopher Wren who despite not being an architect by trade, is responsible for much of the rebuilding of London after the fire. It stands next to Pudding lane, on which stood the bakery responsible for causing the great fire of london. On the Second of September, 1666, Thomas Farrer was baking, when fire engulfed his bakery and the surrounding buildings. London at the time was made almost entirely of wood, with thatched roofing, dry from a long hot summer, so the fire took hold quickly. A fumbled effort to control it led to the fire burning for nearly four days, before the Navy blew up a row of homes on Fetter Lane. It had destroyed 87 churches, left 70 000 homeless, but only 6 were reported to have died in the fire. There are 311 steps to the top of the Monument, so if you’re up for the climb, you can see how far London has come since being nearly completely destroyed by the fire.
Other Landmarks visited
Buckingham Palace is the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Despite the fact it is not her ‘home’,
As ambassadors of London, it is our duty to inform you that ‘Big Ben’ is actually the name of the bell inside this mighty, impressive tower.
The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the home of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom.
Trafalgar Square is the official centre of London. It is the modern day square that was built around Charing Cross.
Located next to The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is a Gothic church steeped in over a thousand years of history
Our tour takes us through some of London’s Royal Parks.
While not as impressive as its counterpart, the Tower Bridge, the London bridge offers one of the best views of the Thames in London.
This amazing building alone tells so much of the story of London.
St Paul’s is believed to be the fifth Cathedral to be on this exact location since 604.
The Tower Bridge was completed in 1894 after eight years of construction.
St James’s Palace is the lesser known of London’s Royal Palaces
Impress or irritate your friends by correcting them if they dare call this a ‘ferris wheel’, this is a cantilevered observation wheel
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