360° from St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul's Cathedral... Exactly 530 stairs and 111m to take you to the top with a three-stage journey:
- some 30m and precisely 259 steps above to reach the interior walkway around the dome's base; this is the Whispering Gallery, so called because if you talk close to the wall it really does carry your words around to the opposite side, 32m away.
- climbing another 119 steps you reach the Stone Gallery, which is an exterior viewing platform, with 360-degree views of London, all of which are rather obscured by pillars and other suicide-preventing measures.
- The further 152 iron steps to the Golden Gallery are steeper and narrower.
From here, 111m above London, the city opens up to you, the view unspoilt by superfluous railings.