Visitor Safety at The Monument

Safe and sound

The safety and security of our visitors to The Monument to the Great Fire of London is paramount. Our trained security and welcome hosts are on-site to assist you and will happily talk to you during your visit. They are here to keep the safety and security of the Monument and its visitors and to enhance the experience’.

Please cooperate fully with all security checks and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe.

Search and screening

We currently operate a 100% searching policy, meaning all bags belonging to visitors are subject to search.

On arrival, your bag search will occur and will be carried out by our trained security staff. Visitors are advised to allow additional time for security checks.

The spiral staircase to the viewing platform is narrow, and we advise that you do not bring large items of luggage with you. This is to avoid damage to the structure's historic fabric and enable there to be more room to admire the view.

Bag Policy

The maximum size of bag that is allowed inside The Monument is H40 x W25 x 15 cm. At busy times, staff may ask you to carry backpacks at your side or on your front to avoid contact when passing other visitors.

There is very limited storage for bags too large to be taken up The Monument. Large bags are required to be left in a designated bag storage area at the bottom of the staircase. Please note: these bags are left at your own risk. We recommend not leaving any valuable items in the bag storage area.

Any larger items such as suitcases or luggage, will not be allowed in The Monument.


For the safety and security of visitors and staff, we use CCTV at the Monument. 

What else do we do to keep you safe? 

The answer is lots. There are the security measures you can see and, of course, the ones you can’t. We monitor The Monument each and every day and all our staff are trained to ensure all our visitors have a safe, secure and enjoyable experience.

We work very closely in partnership with the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police Service and members of the security services to ensure our security procedures are up to date and following best practice.