These art deco pillars can be found in the ticket hall.
Just before you cross London Bridge you see the Fishmonger's Hall or as it is commonly called, fish hall on the right hand side.
The first bridge over the Thames was built here. London Bridge has been rebuilt many times since then. The medieval bridge c1200 had narrow picturesque houses built on it but they were removed when it was widened in 1758-62. The bridge that was here from 1823 can now be found crossing Lake Havasu in Arizona USA where it has been since 1971. This present bridge built in 1968-72 has nothing to distinguish it as a great structure.
Looking at the top of the monument you can see the cage built around the balcony to prevent people jumping off.
It was known to be the best place to commit suicide until they covered the walkway with wire netting.
London's Burning, London's Burning.
Fetch the engines, fetch the engines.
Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!
Pour on water, pour on water.
Fish St Hill to the South of the Monument leads to St Magnus the Martyr, a Wren church, alongside which is the ancient street which led to the medieval London Bridge.
I continued down Lower Thames Street passing Custom House.
There has been a Custom House on or near this site for over 2000 years. It is thought that this is the fifth Custom House to have been built on the site since Roman times.
The present building dates from 1813-17 and overlooks the River Thames. The captain of every ship that came up the Thames had to come here. Until he paid his Custom duties he would not be allowed to unload or sell his cargo. The ships would arrive filled with goods such as cloth or spices and would stay until they had sold their goods and loaded new cargo. Records show that at times there were 400 ships moored outside Custom House. The cargo of every ship was weighed, measured and examined to determine how much duty was owed. Once the duty was paid, a release certificate was provided which allowed the captain to sell his cargo. .Forging the certificates was punishable by death.
It was only when container shipping became too large to travel this far up the Thames in the 1960s and 70s that this activity ended. The London docks went into decline with the trade moving gradually down river.
The building is now used by HM Revenue and Customs. I visited during Open House weekend and was entertained with a number of interesting tales of how and where custom officers discovered smuggled goods coming into the country.
Cigarettes hidden in this pile of composite wood.
The weathervanes are the only reminder of its past.
Riverside view of the old Billingsgate Market which is now used as an entertainment venue.
Just across the road from Custom House is Lovat Lane. On the corner with Lower Thames Street is the pub The Walrus and the Carpenter. The pub is named after a poem written by Lewis Carrol who is most famous for writing 'Alice in Wonderland'
Lovat Lane gives us an idea of the width of the lanes within the city. Here you can see the church of St Mary at Hill towering above the other buildings.
I walked to the end of Lovat lane which brought me out onto Eastcheap.
Further on down the hill is The Watermen's Hall
This impressive building on the corner of Lower Thames Street and St Mary at Hill was once a Christian Mission for the workers of Billingsgate market. It offered many facilities and later became a library and reading room. It currently seems to have been converted into apartments.
The next lane I walked up was St Dunstan's to visit the remains of thethe church St Dunstan's in the East.
You get a great view of London from the top floor with a pleasant small garden to wander around. It is free to visit but you have to book in advance online.
From the windows you have a good view of the Tower of London which will feature on the next tube station I will be visiting.