Invigorating and exhilarating - a piece of real London history, a fantastic panoramic view at a fraction the cost of the Eye AND you get a certificate at the end! Commemorating the tragedy of the Great Fire of London, the sheer physicality of this memorial is a fitting tribute the the magnitude of the event. Its symbolic features (look them up if you must - but why not just go and find out?) give an added poignance to the experience.
As the tallest isolated stone column in the world, it's almost criminal to come to London and not see this - especially now that it's emerged from its almost two-year closure for repairs and refurbishment with a newly gilded tip.
Of course, everyone now flocks to the Eye for a frankly dull £15 gander at London from above. Here you get much the same sight, at a smidgin of the price (a trifling £3 - less than a single Zone 1 tube journey) but an unparalleled experience and a serious cardio workout to boot (over 300 steps!)
Being a 17th Century construction, it's not wheelchair accessible - but there is at least now a screen at the base where you can experience the panoramic view without actually ascending (also good for those with vertigo, or just with limited time ... or just plain lazy!)
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