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10 Most Amazing Facts About London

London has such a wealth of culture and history. This is why it is so heavily visited, with over 17 million people come through London every year. These are some of my favourite facts about London.

Only one house where Charles Dickens lived still stands, at 48 Doughty Street, which is now a museum.

He lived there from 1837 and 1839, and it’s where he wrote Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers

 Charles Dickens London home
Charles Dickens London home

 Great Ormond Street Hospital, off Russell Square, owns the copyright to Peter Pan.

The hospital receives royalties from all associated works and performances. Scotish novelist Sir James Matthew Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, who had no children, donated the rights to the hospital in 1929.

Until 1994 there were no “Road”s in the City of London. Now there’s only one, Goswell Road, which became part of the Square Mile in 1994 after boundary moves. There are plenty of Lanes, Streets, and Ways, however public paths weren’t generally referred to as roads until the 16th century.

 City of London Map
City of London Map

Arsenal is the only London football team to have a Tube station named after them.

 Arsenal Station Entrance
Arsenal Station Entrance

The station was named Gillespie Road and was renamed in 1932 after the team relocated from Woolwich to North London.

 Gillespie Road station original entrance
Gillespie Road station original entrance

More than half of the London Underground network runs above ground.

 London Underground trains overground
London Underground trains overground

You could fit either the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Statue of Liberty inside the Millennium Dome, best known as the O2 Arena, the biggest structure of its kind in the world.

 O2 Arena
O2 Arena

Harrods sold cocaine until 1916.

 Harrods
Harrods

Underneath the Ministry of Defence’s Main Building in Whitehall is Henry VIII’s wine cellar.

Did you know that London buses were not always red? 

Before 1907, different routes had different-coloured buses.

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After earning my Economics degree from the Royal Holloway University of London, I entered the media publishing world to explore my passion for creative writing, journalism and discover the best social media marketing strategies. I am the creator of Only in London, where I'm focused on writing blogs, reporting exciting news stories in London, and marketing it all around.

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