The Monument in the City of London reopened to the public yesterday after a £4.5m restoration

The 62m-high memorial to the Great Fire of London has been closed for the past 18 months for an upgrade, which included the installation of a new viewing platform, new telescopes and repairs to the sculpture work. The structure’s “flaming orb” has been regilded. Davis Langdon was cost manager and Julian Harrap Architects designed the viewing platform. The Monument, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1671 and 1677 is the tallest isolated stone column in the world.