a couple of years ago was in London and having been to the Monument when I was a school boy wanted to come back and climb the tower. well did just that and must say that the view from the top is some what remarkable.....just the steps are never ending and had this young fellow behind me keeping the pace up.....so by the time I reach the top was somewhat out of breath. but the view certainly got my attention to ignore the pain of the climb and just take in the beauty. on my way down I had time to do it in my stride and was much better ...so if you are going to climb the Monument make sure there is no speedster chasing you ....that is if you are well over 21!! they also give you a certificate for climb the Monument which I have mounted on the wall in my bathroom to remind me of that view and the little pain it caused.
well worth the climb.