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26: Check out where famous people used to live

A lot of famous – and not so famous – key figures have leaved in London before us. The plates adorning the walls of London are a daily reminder of the city’s great past. Until you have a plate with your name engraved on it somewhere in London, keeping one’s eyes open on them may lead you to interesting – or funny – discoveries.
London has indeed been host to men (and women) of many different backgrounds and professions, including a lot of writers, such as Melville
Melville's plateH.G. Wells

H.G. Wells' plate

Or Kipling
Kipling's plate

Several politicians also lived here, including Benjamin Franklin (who could also fit in a “scientist” list) one of the founding fathers of the USA:

Franklin's plate
or Ho Chi Minh, even though the plate, located on Haymarket, does not precise the nature of the work he was doing at the Carlton or even why it was relevant to his being the “founder of modern Vietnam”

Ho Chi Minh's plate

The city has also welcomed philosophers, such as the likes of Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, the philosophy of “the greatest good for the greatest number of people” according to which the morality of an action depends solely on its utility to create happiness for the greatest number of people:

Bentham's plate

Finally, a watchful eye may also notice some more unlikely plates, such as the one of the fiction character Sherlock Holmes!

Sherlock Holmes' plate


16: Reach the top of the Monument

The Monument, which was built in the 17th century to commemorate the Great Fire of London that devastated the City in 1666, has just reopened after some 18-month renovation work.

the monument

OK, it does not seem that high – but only when you’re outside. When you get inside the Monument, and have to walk the 60 metres up to the top, in narrow spiral staircase where two people cannot walk next to each other, you come to realise that you really have to earn the Monument’s panorama.

view from the monument

When you finally get to the top, you are rewarded with a 360° view on the City, with the Thames, Tower Bridge, the town hall, Saint Paul, the Swiss Re building… and when you exit the column, by an official certificate! (is it too much? Yes!)

view on the Thames from the monument

go to the Monument Website

Nearest Tube: Monument