London Log - A Trek to the Top

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(KKTV) - I love to travel and I try to do it whenever possible. When I am fortunate enough to have a really cool experience, I like to share it here in the hope that others can do it too! I’m posting some travel tips from a recent trip to London.

A Trek to the Top

528 steps. That’s what it takes to get to the top of the dome at St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s not easy, but if you are in reasonably good shape you can do it. You will be winded at times as you wind your way up the spiral stairs to the Whispering Gallery in the inside of the famous dome. From there you’ll be high above the floor of the incredibly beautiful church. The last part of the climb involves steep iron steps with rails. You can see through the steps so if you don’t like heights, it might make you a little uncomfortable. Do it if you can. When you get to the top, to the Golden gallery, the views of London below are spectacular.


The domed icon of the London skyline was built by Sir Christopher Wren. It’s the greatest of the many churches he designed in a city-wide rebuilding surge after the great fire of London in 1666. St. Paul’s is about 265 feet tall, and it was the tallest building in all of London from its completion in 1711 right up until 1967!

Pic from Paul Shard

It’s a little bit of work but it’s worth the effort. If you can’t climb to the top the rest of the cathedral is a must-see. Stop and take a seat under the massive dome and let it all sink in. I’ve been lucky on a couple of visits to hear a choir practicing in St. Paul’s. It is an unbelievable experience to hear the sound soar through the huge, open and stunning space.

I recommend getting to St Paul’s when it opens, and making your way to the right about halfway down, to the entrance of the stairway that goes to the top. It generally opens a little later than the cathedral itself. Be among the first to go to the top, so you can have some space to move around up there. It’s a little cramped and crowded at the top.

Pic Paul bus at night

The London Pass includes admission to St. Paul’s, and allows you to use a special, shorter line to get it.

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