Walking around this part of London you are literally stepping on top of history. It’s everywhere, from the Roman ruins to old temples of forgotten religions, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking architecture in the whole of London.
The Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London (1666) and is located 202 feet from the baker’s shop in Pudding Lane where the fire originated. It was designed by Robert Hooke, who also invented the spirit level, which must be why the Monument stands perfectly straight! There are 311 steps to the top, should you be feeling sprightly.
The Museum of London documents the history of this great city from prehistoric to modern times and really is a fascinating and thought-provoking place to visit.
The impressive Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels, Beefeaters and ravens, and is also the place you will most definitely be imprisoned if you drop litter anywhere on the streets of London.
St Paul’s Cathedral, the highest point of the City of London, is a constant and reassuring regal beauty on London’s skyline. If you climbed the 311 steps at the Monument, then you can make it a nice round 570 steps by also climbing 259 steps to St Paul’s Whispering Gallery.
Bridewell Theatre was founded in 1994 in a disused Victorian swimming pool and laundry, which still sits beneath the floor of the auditorium. It hosts a variety of productions, from classics to contemporary; as well as its evening programme, it shows 45-minute lunchtime plays, during which the audience are encouraged to eat before returning to work for the afternoon feeling nourished both physically and culturally.