High Times

Why pay big bucks to go on the London Eye or ascend The Shard, when, for only a few pounds, and a bit of a puff and pant, you can see a pigeon’s-eye view of the city? Standing 62m tall and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Monument marks the place where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. It’s a fabulous place to climb and take in the panorama, although nervous kids (and adults) may find it a challenge to step out onto the viewing platform. The ever-changing cityscape provides loads to look at and discuss; compare the Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral, get a totally different view of HMS Belfast, or peer at Battersea Power Station rising in the distance through one of the column’s talking telescopes. Make sure to take your certificate of ascent on your way out. Those without a head for heights (or with an unwieldy buggy) can take a look at live images from the top of the tower on a viewing screen at the bottom.  Adults £3, kids £1.50. No buggy access. More here