The history of London dates back over 2,000 years, so with such a long and impressive history it should be no surprise that the City of London is full of significant historic places.
The City has survived war, fire and disease and when you are out and about, you can see sites that were important in each case, whilst being able to track London's history from humble beginnings as a settlement not much larger than Hyde Park, to one of the world's most important commercial, economic and cultural centres.
In 1666 a huge fire gutted the City of London, leaving thousands of people homeless and killing six people. The Great Fire of London started from a small fire in a bakery in Pudding Lane, which grew out of control, spreading across the city and destroying thousands of buildings. The Monument at Pudding Lane was erected in memorial to the Great Fire and is a must see on your visit. If you want to climb to the top of the 311 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery offering panoramic views of Central London and the River Thames you will have to buy an entry ticket, but you can see The Monument clearly from the surrounding streets.
Follow the Map link below to see all historic sites on an easy to use map of London. Do check their web site before you visit as you may find that they are having a special event or exhibition. You can find a link to their web site on our detailed information page.