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02/08/2008

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.






2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing (tips and photos). Is it very busy with tourists to go up there ? Seems a better option (or at least different) than the London eyes on both queuing aspect and 360 view. Cheers, Sophie

Loïc BROHARD said...

I was there quite early, and it was OK. Even if this is one of the most visited places in London, not everyone is going for the 530 stairs, I can tell you.... Funny enough I have never been in the London Eye... Loic