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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.

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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.

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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.

Monument Developments and History

Further stunning architectural sites within this historic area include the likes of St Magnus the Martyr Church also built by Sir Christopher Wren at the same time as The Monument was erected and supports a steeple dating back to 1705. A number of historic figures have been laid to rest within this magnificent structure including Richard III’s master mason Henry Yevele and the ashes of Miles Coverdale who translated the Bible into English were transported here when his burial place was demolished. Old Billingsgate is another stunning site to visit in Monument. This 19th century market building boasts 7,800 sq. m. of floor space and is currently used to host large scale events such as international galleries and publishers exhibits. The building was designed by Horace Jones and was renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers.

Within this area, The Great Fire of London had a monumental effect on its history and the current structure of the area. The fire began on 2nd September 1666 and was finally extinguished three days later on the 5th September. Although there was thankfully little loss of life from this disaster there was a loss of 130,000 people’s homes as well as the good majority of businesses, streets, the City’s Gates and many public buildings including churches and the Cathedral. During this period of time most buildings were made of wood and only the stone buildings such as Guildhall survived this fast spreading fire. It was then up to the people of this time to recreate the area and rehouse themselves, paving the way for the current numerous businesses which have since settled here in their converted homes and buildings.

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.

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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.

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Monument Developments and History

Further stunning architectural sites within this historic area include the likes of St Magnus the Martyr Church also built by Sir Christopher Wren at the same time as The Monument was erected and supports a steeple dating back to 1705. A number of historic figures have been laid to rest within this magnificent structure including Richard III’s master mason Henry Yevele and the ashes of Miles Coverdale who translated the Bible into English were transported here when his burial place was demolished. Old Billingsgate is another stunning site to visit in Monument. This 19th century market building boasts 7,800 sq. m. of floor space and is currently used to host large scale events such as international galleries and publishers exhibits. The building was designed by Horace Jones and was renovated in 1988 by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers.

Within this area, The Great Fire of London had a monumental effect on its history and the current structure of the area. The fire began on 2nd September 1666 and was finally extinguished three days later on the 5th September. Although there was thankfully little loss of life from this disaster there was a loss of 130,000 people’s homes as well as the good majority of businesses, streets, the City’s Gates and many public buildings including churches and the Cathedral. During this period of time most buildings were made of wood and only the stone buildings such as Guildhall survived this fast spreading fire. It was then up to the people of this time to recreate the area and rehouse themselves, paving the way for the current numerous businesses which have since settled here in their converted homes and buildings.

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