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50 Facts about London

50 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT LONDON UNITED KINGDOM London is a city without shortages. Steeped in rich historical traditions, a global center for business, finance, arts, and culture, there are endless reasons to visit this diverse and sprawling city. The modern city lies, which has been a major settlement for two millennia, lies along the River Thames, and has managed to both modernize and maintain it's architectural historical gems. Over 16 million international visitors come to London every year, making it Europe's most visited city. With excellent transportation systems, tourist-friendly maps, and generally charming people, there is little in the way of having an excellent time in London. There are endless interesting things to discover and here are some few facts showing the dynamism of London. FUN FACTS • BRITISH AIRWAYS UNDERGROUND 2012 OLYMPICS LONDON EYE 1908 OLYMPICS THE UNDERGROUND The police buildup for the London 2012 Olympics was the biggest military increase since World War |I. British Airways initially had a difficult time putting the London Eye up in the air. Competitor. Virgin, flew an aircraft over London that said, "BA Can't Get It Up!" 2 The Russian Olympic team arrived 12 days late to the London Olympics in 1908. The reason being they had not started using the Gregorian calendar.3 An estimated half a million mice live in The Underground in London.4 388,000 gallons 3 -14 BEER 7814 NURSERY RHYME BEER VAT EAST LONDON GREGORIAN CALENDAR A Clockwork Orange, Full In 1814 a huge beer vat erupted and 388,000 gallons flooded the streets of London. The nursery rhyme Pop Goes The days between Sept 3 and Sept 14 1752 went unobserved and do not officially exist. This is because the country was changing from the Julian calendar the Weasel is in reference to Metal Jacket, and Oliver! were all shot in the people pawning their suits after spending all of their money in the pubs of Clerkenwell. neighborhood of East London. to the Gregorian calendar. • FOOD FACTS• The official FullL English Breakfast includes sausages, eggs, The British people eat two times as many baked beans as Americans do each year." mushrooms, tomatoes, blood pudding, potatoes and toast. British people eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches annually. Once a week in London Burger King sells a burger made with Waygu Beef, white truffles, Pata Negra ham, and Cristal champagne onion straws. The burger goes for $200 and raises money for different local charities.? London has a tradition of taking tea breaks that dates back 200 years. 65 million cups are drunk daily and 60 billion are drunk per year. 98% of tea is taken with milk.3 Milk Eton Mess is a dessert named after a boys school. The after-meal treat is a mix of crushed merengue. cream and strawberries. 14 22% of all of Britain's restaurants are in London. Over 6,000 licensed restaurants with menus deriving from over 50 country cuisines exist in the city. There are also 36 Michelin star rated restaurants. 15 Rock and Sole Plaice is London's Sticky Toffee Pudding originally comes from Scotland, but is oldest fish & chips shop. They have been in operation since 1871. 382 million portions of fish & chips are sold every year.16 The British tradition of afternoon very popular in London. Moist sponge cake is stuffed with raisins or dates and coated in tea is comprised not just of tea. Also common are finger sandwiches, scones with condiments, a toffee sauce and custard ice cream. and an assortment of pastries.8 • UNIQUE FACTS • 1ST In order to become a black cab taxi driver in London you Putting a postage stamp that has a photograph of the queen's head on it upside down is considered treason. 19 Jeremy Bentham was a law The Great Fire of London reformed who donated his estate destroyed nearly all of the city. However, only six people died. 21 to London's University College have to pass a rigorous test. The information one must in 1832. His only demands were that he could attend the meeting know includes every street of the university's board of governors.20 and notable building within six miles from Charing Cross. This process can take 2-4 years.22 There is a statue of George Washington in Trafalgar Square. Supposedly it lies atop American soil because Washington vowed Dying in the Palace of London has a collection of Approximately 80,000 umbrellas are lost in Westminster is numerous underground rivers. They are tributaries of River considered illegal.24 the underground each year.26 Thames and River Lea, which now 23 to never set a foot in England. flow through underground culverts.25 • HISTORICAL FACTS • The world's first traffic was made The English Parliament abolished Christmas in 1647. it London. It went up outside the House of Commons in 1868. making it a sad year with no celebrations.28 Gay men in London created a secret slang Unfortunately, the next year it blew up and the policeman who was operating it was badly injured. 30 The first theatre in People used to be 1647 London was constructed in allowed to walk across a language in the 1800s. They walkway atop Tower Bridge. 1576. William Shakespeare's plays were performed here as well as many other venues,27 1868 did so to communicate However, access was halted 29 without being arrested." in 1910 supposedly because of prostitutes. 31 1800 1576 1910 1251 1700 1907 In the 1700s, 20% of Henry II was given a polar bear as a gift by the King of Norway in 1251. The King kept the bear in the Tower of London.32 Prior to 1907. London busses all the women in were painted in different shades and colors. London were prostitutes. 34 Now they are all red. 36 1631 1828 Two London Bible printers made a serious misprint in the year 1631. Leaving out the word "not," the 7th amendment read "Thou shalt commit adultery." Copies of this bible run for $90,000. London opened the world's first public zoo in the year 1828. 35 THE ZOO > INTERESTING FACTS BIG BEN TRAFALGAR SQUARE TOURISM HEATHROW London Heathrow airport is the world's busiest airport Many people think Big Ben is the clock tower. However, it is actually the bell. It chimes in the key of E. Each year the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square is donated by the people of Oslo, Norway. This is a continued thanks for The tourism industry in London employs about 350,000 full-time workers. Yearly tourist revenue is around £15 billion. 39 measured by international 37 passenger traffic.40 assistance during World War ||, 38 WATERLOO BOOKSHOPS LONDON ZOO POPULATION DISABLED ACCESS In the 18th century, one could bring a cat or dog to the public libraries. This includes the London Zoo as an alternative to paying admission. The pet would be used to feed the lions. 42 The actual city limits of London has only a population of 7,000. However, the Greater London London has over 800 London has the largest bookshops and more than 380 wheel-chair accessible bus network in the world.4 area, has 8.3 million residents. 43 British Library, where the Magna Carta can be found. 41 CULTURAL FACTS London has more live comedy shows than any other city in the world. 46 Arsenal, the football team, The British Museum was has a Tube station named after the club. It used to be called Gillespie Road but was changed in 1932 when the football club moved to North London. 45 the first museum establishment in London created in 1753. Now the city has over 240 museums, galleries, and other art institutions. 47 London is famous for its theatre. It has over 36 major theatres, and has the biggest theatre audience in the world. 48 BONJOUR! Chess Boxing is a new and emerging sport in London. It is played by playing a round of chess and thena round of boxing. It also has popularity in Germany.50 HELLO! 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