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Interesting Facts About London You Probably Don’t Really Need To Know

Interesting Facts About London You Probably Don’t Really Need To Know

I have put together a list of 10 rather Interesting Facts About London, which I suppose you probably don’t really need to know. But you never know one of them may pop up when your playing in the local pub quiz or when your sitting in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hot seat.

The problem with this amazing city, is that there are countless facts about London, and I could have quite easily put together a list of a thousand or more. It is however almost the weekend and most of us have better things to do than read an endless list of London facts.

Interesting and Fascinating Facts About London

1. There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city in the world. (I truly believe that after living in Shepherds Bush, English is a foreign language there).

2. Believe it or not, If London was a country it would be the 8th biggest in Europe.

3. Angel Tube Station, has Western Europe’s longest escalator with 318 steps, I suppose you could call it a tourist attraction. It does seem to go on forever.

4. It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, which opens about 1,000 times a year. Sometihng that I have to personally witness, but I will one of these days.

5. The well known landmark, Marble Arch was originally built as the entrance to Buckingham Palace, but was never used. There is actually a tiny office inside it, which use to be used as a police station.

6. The tallest building in London and the UK, is in Canary Wharf, which is part of the London Docklands. It is called the Canary Wharf Tower and stands at 244 metres or 800 feet high and was built in 1991.

7. The Houses of Parliament also known as the Palace of Westminster, has over 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and 3 miles (5 km) of corridors, as well as 19 bars and restaurants, which I’m sure those robbing MP’s are never out of when they are actually there!

8. London is formed by two ancient cities – City of London and City of Westminster, both cities forming the region of Greater London

9. The London Underground, was built in 1863, which is known as the ‘Tube’, and was the first metro of the world. It is quite probably the most out of date, broken down and delayed metro system in the entire world.

10. Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock or the tower, it isn’t ? But the 13-ton bell inside the clock. The tower is known as St Stephens Tower, dam, I have been calling it Big Ben for all these years.

Has anybody else got there own favoutie intresitng facts about London, that they would like to share with the world?

28 Comments

  1. Did you know that Buckingham Palace was built on the site of a notorous brothel. It has obviously had a knock on effect on the inhabitants of the palace.

  2. just passed the london knowledge and thought id add a few :)
    1. the london eye has 32 pods and each pod represents one of the london boroughs covered on the london knowledge
    2. the smallest police station in london is situated on trafalgar square (looks like a lampost) and is big enough for one police officer to stand in
    3. the old bailey stands on the site of the old newgate prison, where the saying “one for the road” originated from, as prisoners where led to the tyburn tree (which stood on the west end of oxford street/marble arch, the landlord of an old pub on oxford street would give the prisoner one drink before he/her was to be hung, hence one for the road.
    4. the largest clock in london is not situated on st stephens tower (big ben) but on the shell mex house which is on the strand.
    5. the coat of arms from the old london bridge was removed and can still be seen today above the kings head pub in newcomen street, borough.
    6. the smallest statue in london is situated in philpot lane, eastcheap and is of 2 mice eating cheese.
    7. there are no roads in the city square mile, only streets/places/gardens/courts etc etc

    just a few :D

  3. Assuming in fact number 2 you are talking about population size then your answer is not even close – London, with a population of c7.5m would only be the 22nd largest in Europe

  4. Thanks Mark, my source of informaiton was evidenlty wrong…..

  5. If you like looking at London Curiosities take a look at this web site.

    http://knowledgeoflondon.com/

  6. Thanks for the Info It realy helpful for a report im donig

  7. i reaslly need help on this whole london thing i have to write an exposiroty essay
    :/

  8. fact 3. think u meant Angel rather than Angle

  9. Indeed. Thanks for pointing it out for me. I will sort it…

  10. My name is Denis I from Ukrain me 12 years ago tahnks all who help me know knew about London

  11. Big Ben’s official title is the Clock Tower not St Stephen’s Tower, I have been in it and have the brochure that they gave me.

    The ex-Police station is in the Wellington Arch not Marble Arch.

    Tower Bridge takes approx 90 seconds to open not 61.

    Canary Wharf (or as it officially know 1 Canada Square) is no longer the tallest building in the UK, The Chard although unfinished is now 954 ft and will be 1012 ft when finished.

    Hope this helps.

    Keith

  12. Hey Keith thaks for your input.

    When I wrote the article 1 Canada Square was indeed the tallest building in London, but I’m sure if they go and sitck a bigger spike on top of the roof they could go and reclaim the title…

    As for Tower Bridge I will have to head down there a day to confirm the exact amount of seconds it takes to open, but you could well be right

    As far as I’m aware there were 3 rooms inside Marble Arch that were seemingly used as police station until the 1950′s. But what do I know.

    And you are most certainly right about the Clock Tower, a number a months after I wrote this article I did the Big Ben tour and if I had rememberd writing this article I would have changed it. Old age, my memory aint what it was…

  13. this was useful

  14. stafford, glad you think so…

  15. Wow I really like your facts I even used em for an assignment for work… Thanks!

  16. Wow, thanks! Now, I can give my boyfriend a fun present next to our trip to london! I’ll give him some fun facts to read, just to see if he can guess what my present is…!

  17. Charlotte, your boyfriend is a lucky guy…and it is always fun trying to guess what a present is going to be…

  18. Just what other countries have you been to? The Tube is probably one of the more efficient train systems there is!

  19. Christine I have visited at least 20 different countries…but who is counting! You should maybe have asked how many tube systems I have travelled on in different parts of the world.

    You obviously don’t use the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines like I do on a very regular basis. London Underground is I think the most expensive in the world and it is a disgrace.

  20. I don’t know why anyone is getting their panties in a twist over this tbh.

    thank you for the facts, even if some are no longer true :-) i appreciate it :-)

    And as for everyone else, link me to your website where you post facts about a city, then i’ll come along in a couple of years and tell you you’re wrong because time has passed (as it does) and new things have happened… Get some manners!

  21. Rachel…I don’t mind people enlightening me…

  22. Wow, I really love this! It’s EPIC! Well cool facts! And I don’t care if some of them aren’t correct now! You actually managed to find out how long it takes to open Tower Bridge, and in my eyes, you did good! :)

  23. Ella, can’t get it exaclty right everytime, I will try harder……………..

  24. Hi William,

    3 years ago i began a company called smallcarBIGCITY and had to learn all about London, No easy feat i can tell you. One of the hardest things was trying to work out whether or not some of the quirkier facts were true or not. For the first few weeks (maybe months) of taking people around this magnificent city i would hear lots different versions of these facts and stories,quite often contradicting mine, and this is what is so great about this city.
    For example on the inside of Admiralty Arch (heading towards Trafalgar Square)there is what looks like a bronze nose situated about 3 meters up on the wall. This i believed for along time (and after extensive research) to be the Duke Of Wellington’s. It was said to be a copy of his nose, that a witty architect had put up so that the Cavalry men on their horse would ride through the arch and touch the nose for good luck. Unfortunately though recently it has come to light (via the Express newspaper) that it was put up in the early 90′s by a journalist with a penchant for rebel art. He was trying to make a statement about Big Brother and all the cameras that were watching us. The point i want to make is that London is so big and old that it inspires people to find the best in of it. Also to be able to have something so subtle on one of London’s grandest monuments and no one have any clear idea of where it came from for potential 80 years (since the arch was built in 1914) is a fantastic tribute to the crazy but wonderful city we live in.

    I am grateful that you have helped people to become interested in the city i live/work and play in. if you would ever like to come on a tour with smallcarBIGCITY please email me through my website smallcarBIGCITY.com (mention who you are) and i will personally take you around town in one of our classic Mini Coopers.

  25. Alastair, I know what you mean about some of those London facts. It must have taken a hell of lot of research to discover what was real and fantasy! I was aware the nose was a more recent additon, but I never knew it was put up by a journalist… thanks for the little London fact…

    The smallcarBIGCITY tours look like fun and maybe one of these days I will get back to you on that one…

  26. It was very interesting info. Thanks

  27. Sugar, thanks……

  28. love this site lol xxx

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