One of the best things about living here is that I don’t need to do and see everything in just a few days. I can take my time to check things out slowly and try to take in as much local advice as I can.
One of these great pieces of advice came from an old buddy of mine who suggested that if I didn’t feel like fighting the crowds at the London eye I could take a short trip down to Monument and see the view from the top of The Monument to the Great Fire of London.
At a modest 4£ it’s much more economical than the 29£ you will pay for the eye and when I got there the crowd would have been lucky to top 20 rather than the 2000 at the eye. As somebody who prefers and more chilled out experience the Monument was a monumental success and I actually got to touch this little bit of history too. Obviously you have to climb to the top yourself, no cushy air-conditioned capsule. But this is what I like about this kind of landmark, you touch and smell the history.
The view from the eye is a tourists dream but to the observant traveller the 360 view from the top of the Monuments 311 steps is awesome. I was able to spot Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, HMS Belfast, the Shard, St Pauls and quite a few other destinations that are on my list. It’s not an overly pretty view being of office blocks, but my experience of London so far is that it’s skyline is nothing special, it’s true beauty is at street level.