The Monument to the Great Fire of London (often referred to as "The Monument") is based in the city center of London as a column commemorating the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is 62 m in height and is placed 62 m from where the fire has originally started. It gives a nice view on the city with Tower Bridge and London Eye (in far distance) in particular. Below you can see the staircase and two shots on the city from my Instagram account.
There are not many vast parks in central London such as Hyde Park with adjacent Kensington Garden where you can just walk for hours while still being in the city center. Well maintained with a small lake and Buckingham Palace (and Green Park) just across the road they seem like the perfect place for Saturday's stroll or a morning jog.
Many of Banksy's works have faded, been removed by the authorities or painted over but some can still be found in London and other cities. The artist from Bristol (allegedly born 1974) is world renown yet staying anonymous for so many years. His paintings are sold for some nice sums of money whereas he stated that those are not be sold. Seen in Bristol, London, New York, LA, Melbourne and many other cities world-wide - he is a street-art phenomenon. He also directed a movie "Exit Through The Gift Shop" telling the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.
Lately, I was on track of his work in London using different sources to find his art and let me tell you - it's not that easy to "find a Banksy". I managed to get on track of only some of his works as others have been removed. Also these are just a few of his murals - there are surely more.
PS. Around two weeks ago, the famous "Girl with a balloon" was cut from a building wall and gone on auction and so have few other of his works in the last decade.
London's graffiti scene is vast and diversified. With renown people such as Banksy (see his murals on map here) but also other talented street artists - the level of the artwork is often high. Below you can see some of the murals located on or near Brick Lane from my instagram profile. There are numerous graffiti tours in the City for those interested to get to know more. Soon more photos - Banksy included - stay tuned.
This is the second and last part of Borough Market series. Fish and cheese stalls as well as some sights from the market itself. Venues architecture makes it a great place to buy all you need for the upcoming weekend and take a rest on the side drinking coffee or ordering a pint in one of the nearby restaurants.