Fun Facts London

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London calling! We tell you the best fun facts about the city of London.

  • London Underground was opened 1963 and thus is the oldest subway in the world. Funny enough, five stops are named after famous pubs:  Elephant & Castle, Angel, Swiss Cottage, Royal Oak and Manor House.
  • Most tourists believe that Big Ben stands fort he tower or the bell inside it. Fact is, the tower is called St. Stephens Tower and only the 13 tons heavy bell is called Big Ben.
  • If you are standing at the junction of Regent/Wigmore Street, you can reach 164 Starbucks Shops in the range of 8 Miles around you. Great info if you need a coffee.
  • Her Majesty the Queen is not allowed to go into the House of Commons because she is not a commoner.
  • The only true home shared by all four Beatles was a flat at 57 Green Street near Hyde Park, where they lived in the autumn of 1963.
  • London’s smallest house is three-and-a half-feet wide, and forms part of the Tyburn Convent in Hyde Park Place, where 20 nuns live. You have to look close to see it though – as it appears to be a part of the neighbouring house todays.
  • Buckingham Palace was built on the site of a notorious brothel. Today Buckingham Palace has its own police station.
  • The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe
  • London Bridge is rumoured to be haunted…people have claimed to see a woman in black roaming in the night.
  • 80,000 umbrellas are expected to be lost annually in the London tube.
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