Yes, yes, you’ve done the top five things to do in London. You’ve already got the mandatory selfies at the Tower of London, Harrod’s and Buckingham Palace. Now you’re wondering what else the city has to offer. Well, there’s a lot more to London than that, and these unusual, quirky attractions in London are good places to start branching out and exploring outside the guidebook.
5.) Monument To The Great Fire of London (London Monument)
Although the Monument was made to remember a terrible event in London’s history, today it is one of the popular quirky attractions in London. So shake off those tired legs from your trans-Atlantic flight by climbing the 311 steps of the winding, claustrophobic staircase at the London Monument. The tower, completed in 1674, is located near Pudding Lane, where the 1666 Great Fire of London ignited. The observation deck is gated in, but the 360-degree panoramic views rival those of the London Eye. When you’ve reached the top and climbed down again you will be presented with a certificate commemorating your feat.
Architecture lovers are sure to admire the Monument’s unique design. It features a stunning fluted Doric column made of Portland stone. At the base of the column, there are inscriptions in Latin. The inscriptions describe how Charles II reacted to the events of the fire, how the fire started and how much damage it caused.