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15 interesting facts about London I bet you didn’t know

Here’s an interesting fact about London. The Romans who funded the city, named it Londinium. It was later called Lundenwic before becoming the good old London.19 Million Travellers Visit London Every Year

Tourists are over twice the residents

The resident community is under 9 million. That means there are over twice as many tourists in the city as inhabitants.

Westminster Abbey Features the Oldest Anglo-Saxon Door in England.

I know that you’ve always had a desire to see the oldest door in Britain am I right? The door to the Abbey’s Chapter House is almost 1,000 years old.

The Oldest Underground in the World is in London.

There are so many interesting facts about London linked to the tube. The two closest stations Leicester Square and Covent Garden are only 260 metres from each other. The journey takes only 20 seconds. And did you know that half a million mice live in the Underground?

London in the past had different names: Londinium and Ludenberg.

Around 20 Subterranean Rivers are Flowing Underneath London.

These include the River Peck in Peckham, the River Fleet and the River Tyburn. River Tyburn runs through Regent’s Park and under Buckingham Palace. It was once known to have the best salmon fishing in London. What? You can go salmon fishing in London?

There’s a Time Capsule Under Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra’s Needle has watched over the Embankment since 1878. It has been confusing everyone with why there’s a sphinx smack bang in the middle of London ever since.

Did you know that there’s a time capsule under the Needle, which contains photos of attractive ladies, a bible and a razor with other things?
I can only wonder what 2019’s equal would contain…

London’s Buses Weren’t Always Red

The iconic red bus is a symbol of London, but London’s buses weren’t always red. Before 1907 buses were different colours depending on their route.

Hyde Park has its own Pet Cemetery

Hyde Park’s unusual pet cemetery was started in 1881. By the then gamekeeper who began burying dogs in the gamekeeper’s lodge’s garden. By the time it closed in 1903, he buried over 300 beloved dogs in the garden.

The Barbican’s Conservatory Contains over 2,000 Species of Tropical Plants

Urban jungle brings on a whole new meaning with the Barbican’s luxurious conservatory.Boasting over 2,000 species of tropical plants, you can also have afternoon tea there too.

London Is the Only City that has Hosted the Olympic City Three Times.

In 1908, 1948 and 2012. Although 2012 was brilliant, it was nothing in comparison to 1908 one. It lasted for 187 days, making it the longest Olympics ever.

Cock Lane Used to be the Only Street Licensed for Prostitution in Medieval London.

Anyway, Londoners were much better at naming streets back in the day. Take Cock Lane in Farringdon. So named for the fact that several brothels operated on the street in medieval times. No mistakes going to be made there.

Black Cab Drivers Have a bigger brain than the rest of the people.

It’s because they have to take The Knowledge, which takes 2-3 years of constant studying. It requires that drivers learn 320 routes through over 25,000 streets to pass it.

Big Ben’s Real Name is The Elizabeth Tower.

Yes, that’s right. One of the most interesting facts about London. One of its best-known landmarks is called by the wrong name. Well, it’s not the wrong name: Big Ben is the bell within the tower rather than the tower and the clock itself.

Coffee shops just keep on buzzing

There are 1,522 chain coffee shops in London, almost one third of the national total, according to the report Project Cafe 11 from consultants Allegra Strategies. One in three Londoners visit coffee shops on a daily basis compared with 16 per cent nationally.

3500 pubs

London has a vibrant pub scene with over 3500 pubs, so you can never run out of options to share a drink in the neighbourhood living room!

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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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