So, I headed into London, hopped off the train at London Bridge and walked straight to Monument. It's pretty easy to get the tube straight there, but I definitely advise jumping off public transport a stop or two early. The walk from London Bridge to Monument is about 5-10 minutes, but takes you across London Bridge with views of HMS Belfast, the Shard & Tower Bridge.
Monument (click for link)
Entrance: £4 for adults, under 16s £2
Can get a joint pass for Tower Bridge Experience (which is what I did - see below): £10.50. under 16s £4.70
First things first, I have a strange fear of stairs. There are 311 stairs to take you to the top of the Monument, but the views are spectacular and are by and far worth it, especially if you are on a budget, with very few attractions with similar views having these prices! Then the view. You're in line with the Shard, the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie. The views reach from Canary Wharf, down the river to central and west London, giving you a bird's eye view of sites such as the London Eye, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridges.
Monument was built as a monument to the Great Fire of London which occurred in 1664 and was designed buy Sir Christopher Wren.
Check below for some of the photos I took (unedited, I'm sorry!), plus click read more for more of my day!
Tower Bridge Experience (click for link)
Adults £9, under 16s £3.90 (various other levels - definitely check out the Monument deal!)
I'm the kinda girl that gets still gets excited to either a) see Tower Bridge open and b) walk/drive across Tower Bridge (when both happen at the same time, omg!). So, I finally went and had a look around. I enjoyed it, but I've grown up being a Londoner, and that's not really who this is aimed at (FYI - tourists!). It's not going to take a full day to do these two activities, plus the walk between, but I'd give yourself a two to three hour window so you're not too rushed. But again, the views were really really worth it!
I then walked along the south-side of the river, past More London, Hays Galleria, then past London Bridge, Borough Market, the Golden Hind, the Clink, the Tate, the Millenium bridge etc. etc. until I reached Southbank. I got lucky as there was a Malaysian street food market on (yummy Char Kway Teow), then a spanish-themed food market - I had English-made gelato which was perfect way to end my afternoon in the sun! :)