Local Insight & Information
Monument is the locality surrounding The Monument to the Great Fire of London column. The area is a small region within The City of London which includes Monument Tube Station and Monument Street, all named since the erection of the column in 1677. There is plenty to see within this area and there are some of the most stunning historic buildings throughout the whole of London to be viewed here. Like anywhere in this city there are also plenty of places to eat and to stay close by, accommodating the hundreds of thousands of visitors which regularly pass through these streets.
Restaurants within the area are very varied in both cuisine, setting and price but there are so many great and unique choices! Fengshui Dining is a subterranean haven which provides both phenomenal drinks and food dishes. The menu offers a choice of Pan-Asian foods served with a heavy focus on the ‘balance’ of the food meaning ingredients, colours, spices and the way the food is presented is all carefully thought through before it is served and all the ingredients are natural. Their foods are from all over Asia and there is a particularly broad choice in Dim Sum.
This location sees plenty of business associates and visitors from throughout the country and indeed the world pass through its streets from day to day and this has bought with it the need for fine hotels as well as restaurants. Apex City of London Hotel is one of the hotels closest to The Monument and offers four star standard customer service as well as rooms and facilities. The Hotel prides itself on friendly service and comprehensive hospitality throughout the entirety of your stay. They offer use of a restaurant, gym and a choice of multiple meeting rooms to enhance the experience also.
Key Transport Links
Being within the extremely popular business area of The City, Monument has plentiful transport links. Monument Tube Station which had direct access to the Circle and District lines is just seconds from The Monument itself. Cannon Street and Bank tube stations are also only a five minute walk from this location and offer links to the Central, Northern and Waterloo & City lines as well as to bus, DLR, and Southeastern services. Ample bus routes also run through the area regularly and frequently and of course there are many Boris Bike stops within a few minutes’ walk of each other in this area.
More on Location
Following the Great Fire of London which eradicated a good percentage of the city in 1666, London was in smithereens and normal life ground to a halt for a long period of time. After the great endeavour to rebuild the city it was thought it necessary to commemorate the occasion and the efforts which were given by the people of the city in rebuilding their lives and homes; this is when The Monument was built.
Designed by Sir Thomas Wren the structure stands 202 feet, the exact distance in which it is positioned to the Bakery on Pudding Lane in which the fire is thought to have begun; is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. If you can climb the 311 spiral steps to the enclosed observation deck at the top, you will be rewarded with the most mesmerising views across the city with sights including the River Thames, the BT Tower, Tower Bridge, and the dome of St Paul’s. In 2007 the Monument saw a £4.5 million renovation which saw it close for 18 months.