45 Random London Facts


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1. In 2014, a single parking space in London was sold for £400,000.
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2. The first London Underground trains were nicknamed 'sewer trams'.
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3. There is a rain room is london where it will rain everywhere in that room except for the spot your standing in
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4. A man gets robbed in London every 4.5 minutes! (and he is getting fed up of it).
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5. A group of pigeons regularly boards the London Underground at Hammersmith and alights at Ladbroke Grove.
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6. London burnt down in 1077, 1087, 1132, 1136, 1203, 1212, 1220 and 1227, as well as 1666.
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7. Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages did in the 1800s.
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8. 70% of all train journeys in England start or finish in London.
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9. Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.
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10. When flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave
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11. In 2010, a black Nigerian couple gave birth to a blue-eyed, blond-haired white baby in London.
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12. To prepare for his role as Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch went to the London Zoo to study lizards.
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13. There are over 300 languages spoken in London schools.
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14. If every ice sheet and glacier on Earth melted, global sea levels would rise by 260 feet—London and L.A. would be underwater.
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15. The London Underground was originally intended to terminate in Paris.
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16. A man gets robbed in London every 4.5 minutes! (and he is getting fed up of it)
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17. In 1894, The Times estimated that by 1950 London would be nine feet deep in horse manure.
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18. Lloyd’s of London once offered reduced premiums for missionary ships because they had divine protection.
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19. The Summer Olympic Games have been held in London 3 times, in 1908, 1948 and 2012.
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20. The busiest polling station in Australian elections is in London.
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21. At the 2012 London Olympics, 55% of the athletes were found to have tooth decay.
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22. 11,000 keys are lost on London’s Tubes and buses every year.
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23. Chocolate may be a more effective cough remedy than cough medicine, according to a study at Imperial College London.
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24. London's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight in 1807.
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25. King James I of England kept 11 lions, 2 leopards, 3 eagles, 2 owls, 2 mountain cats and a jackal in the tower of London.
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26. A restaurant in London once sold ice cream made with breast milk.
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27. In 1849, the Viceroy of Egypt gave London Zoo a hippo in exchange for a greyhound.
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28. Six streets in London had their names changed after murders took place there.
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29. The average London pigeon has 1.6 feet.
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30. Slum dwellings made up 20% of the houses in London in 1949.
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31. Marmalade was an aphrodisiac in 17th-century London.
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32. London has the most billionaires of any city in the world.
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33. In the late 1600s London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout "Spanko!" before running away.
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34. Toshers were men who earned a living by searching London’s sewers for lost valuables.
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35. London, with a population of over 8,000,000, is not a city, though the City of London, with a population of about 7,000, is.
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36. According to the Forestry Commission, London is 'the largest urban forest in the world'.
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37. A woman was found dead on the couch of her London apartment 3 years after her death. The TV was still on.
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38. Soccer developed in London's famed Newgate Prison in the early 1800s. Prisoners who had their hands cut off for crimes of theft came up with a sport that used only the feet. The game spread from there.
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39. On this day in 1988 a Pan Am flight from London to New York exploded in mid-air killing everyone on board.
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40. At the outbreak of the Second World War, zookeepers killed all the poisonous insects and snakes in London Zoo, in case it was bombed and they escaped.
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41. The Prince Charles cinema in London has ninjas that sneak up on anyone in the theater who is making noise or throwing things.
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42. Spitalfields in London used to be known as Lolsworth.
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43. On 17 April 2011, Emmanuel Mutai won the London Marathon. The next day, Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon. The two men are not related.
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44. The amount of money you get at the start of Monopoly (£1,500) is the current average weekly rent in central London.
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45. In London SW3, £100 would buy you a piece of property the size of an Oyster card.

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