Our Baizdon guide to The Monument for the City of London will be published in April and all the research on the building is now done so we've turned our attention to the view. Ace team Carolyn and Dan made it to the top this week to start the process of choosing which buildings in the 360˚ view we will identify. Many of them we'll already have collections of stories and facts on (having already published guides to the views from the Gherkin and from Tower Bridge) but there's some new ones we haven't been able to include in the other publications. Carolyn gets very excited that we can see the statue on top of the Old Bailey, Lady Justice holding a sword in one hand and scales in the other - Carolyn lets us know she's not blindfolded as often thought (and as she is in many forms from the 15th century onwards) - the Old Bailey has the original impartial Lady Justice.
I haven't made it to the top yet (despite going several times as a child). In 2015 I get a little way up, look down into the open central stairwell and my fear of heights kicks in and I have to go down again. Currently I'm building myself for another attempt.
Our photographer Adam has been to the very top - his head (and some of his body) has actually popped up from the very top of the golden orb to capture the views for the Baizdon guide - this involves more steps, a rickety ladder and a harness. He says the views are even better up there. I'll take his word for it.