Amazing Facts About London

Planning a trip to London? Check out these amazing facts about London. These facts will definitely fascinate you to visit London:

  • The Houses of Parliament are known as the Palace of Westminster and is the largest palace on the country. And it is illegal to die inside House of Parliament; anyone who dies here is entitled to a state funeral. And if the authorities notice you looking even sick they will carry out of the building immediately.
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  • If you want to drive around downtown, where most of shopping areas and offices are located, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyone must pay “congestion charge” of 10 pound. This helps to cut down on excessive traffic in the area.
  • If you want to get a London taxi license then you have to prove that you know every single street and landmark in the city. This is called “The Knowledge” and it takes 2 to 4 years to memorize.
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  • Like many unique things Londoners have left while travelling on the tube are a samurai sword, a human skull, a coffin and stuffed puffer fish.
  • It is believed that the Great Pyramid at Giza or the Statue of Liberty could easily fit inside the Millennium Dome, which is now known as the O2 Arena. It is the largest structure of its kind in the world.
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  • More than 1,000 bodies are believed to be buried underneath the Aldgate Tube Station. A plague pit was built in 1665 to bury those who became victims of the London plague epidemic.
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  • London buses were not always red in color. Before 1907, different routes had different-coloured buses.
  • Till 1994 there were no “Road” in the City of London and only Goswell Road which became part of the Square Mile in 1994 after boundary changes. There are plenty of Lanes, Streets and Ways but public paths weren’t to as roads until 16th century.
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  • Big Ben is the bell not the clock tower. The bell inside the tower is called “Big Ben”. The tower itself is called “The Elizabeth Tower” and the bell weight more than 13 tons.
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  • The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was German soldier Josef Jakobs in 1941.
  • The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of London is significantly larger than that of several European countries, including Belgium and Sweden.
  • Jimi Hendrix lived at 23 Brook Street which was earlier used as office but is now being converted into a museum.
  • Founded in 1694, the Bank of England was the first privately owned national bank in any country.
  • London Heathrow Airport is the world’s busiest airports by international passenger traffic, and the third for total traffic.
  • London used to be the largest and most influential city in the world. With a population of 12 million, it is still the world’s largest financial centre and Europe’s largest city.
  • The Museum of London, which retraces the history of London from Prehistoric times to the present day and is the largest urban history museum in the world.
  • The world’s oldest public zoo opened in London in 1828.
  • The world’s first public street lighting with gas was installed in Pall Mall, London in 1807. In 1812, the London and Westminster Gas Light and Coke Company became the world’s first gas company.
  • Founded in London in 1670, the Hudson’s Bay Company is the world’s oldest chartered company.
  • According to Wealthinsight’s World City Millionaire Rankings May 2013, London is the city with the most multi-millionaires (people with at least $30m in net assets) in the world.

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