|The Monument, 18 Fish Street Hill, EC3R 6DB|
|Telephone : 020 7929 5880|
Reviewed : January 2011
|Brewery : Greene King|
|Facilities : Fruit, golf and gaming machines|
Recently refurbishedm, the Monument re-opened there doors in January 2011, I popped alone to see what had changed ... a few new seats, couple of chandeliers, much the same.
Despite the appalling outside, which may lead you suspect that inside is going to match, be comforted by the fact that it doesn't. The bar is long and well stocked with good bears, the 'Dogs Bollocks' was on when I visited and very nice it was too. There are always guest beers available along with the traditional Greene King offerings of IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot (£2.90).
Being in the shadow of Monument you might well see a sprinkling of tourists, but mostly city workers can be found inside. I visited on a Tuesday and could easily find somewhere to sit, a visit later in the week and things are very different.
The Monument was designed by Wren as a memorial of the Great Fire of London and the rebuilding of the City, it stands close to where the Fire started, in a baker's house in Pudding Lane on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and finally extinguished on Wednesday 5th September. The Monument stands 202 feet in height, with 311 steps leading to the caged upper part. The original idea was to have Charles II at the summit, but the King disapproved and it was decided to have a vase of flames.