High life

These were taken last year from the top of the Monument in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666.

I climbed 311 steps to get these photos (and I’ve got a certificate to prove it!). It was quite a workout. My Dad tells me that when he worked in the City in the early 60s, he and his workmates used to have races up the Monument in their lunch hours! You couldn’t do that now: there are too many visitors and you have to pin yourself against the wall to let those coming down get past you. I couldn’t do that now anyway – run up 311 steps! You must be joking

Tower Bridge and beyond, looking south east from the Monument

The Thames and that building in the background is The Shard – still being built

To stop you falling over the edge

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