awesome things you should know before visiting london
Awesome Things 1
. In 1814, after a vat ruptured, a wave of beer flooded the city killing 8 people. It is known as the London Beer Flood.
Awesome Things 2
. Contrary to popular belief, Big Ben isn t a tower. The bell inside the tower is called Big Ben. The tower itself is actually called The Elizabeth Tower
Awesome Things 3
. Chess boxing is an up and coming sport in London. Just like it sounds, players alternate between rounds of chess and round of boxing
Awesome Things 4
. The Christmas tree on Trafalgar Square is given to the people of London every year by the people of Norway for their help during World War II
Awesome Things 5
. An estimated half million mice live in the London Underground
Awesome Things 6
. In 2008, when alcohol on public transport was about to be banned, passengers sat all day on the subway drinking beers right up until the ban started.
Awesome Things 7
. The NYPD (New York Police Department) has officers stationed in London
Awesome Things 8
. The organizers of the 2012 London Olympics wanted Keith Moon to be one of the acts. They realized only later that he had already been dead for more than three decades
Awesome Things 9
. Ships of the Royal Navy that enter the Port of London are still required to give the Constable of the Tower a bottle of rum (according to laws that haven t been changed)
Awesome Things 10
. A statue of George Washington in Trafalgar Square stands on soil that was imported from the US in order to honor the promise never to step foot on British soil again
Awesome Things 11
. In 1251 the King of Norway gave King Henry III a polar bear. The king kept it on a really long chain in the Tower of London so it could swim in the river
Awesome Things 12
. During the 18th century people would pay to watch inmates at Bedlam Asylum. And on Tuesdays entry was free.
Awesome Things 13
. The City of London actually has less than 8,000 residents and is one of the smallest cities in the UK. Greater London includes all of the districts surrounding the City. Its population is in the millions and is what people think of when they hear the word London even though it is not technically a city.
Awesome Things 14
. Rudolf Walter Richard Hež, a Nazi politician was the last prisoner to be held at both the Tower of London and Spandau Prison in Germany.
Awesome Things 15
. A London Burger King sells a $200 burger that includes ingredients like white truffle
Awesome Things 16
. In order to prevent people from texting during movies the Prince Charles Cinema hired ninjas that stood in the back of the theatre and scared people who were being disruptive
Awesome Things 17
. London is a minority majority city. This is because as of 2011 less than half of the population is white (49.9%).
Awesome Things 18
. The 1908 Russian Olympic team didn t get to London on time because they hadn t yet switched to using the Gregorian calendar
Awesome Things 19
. In order to become a taxi driver in London you have to memorize every single street and pass a test called The Knowledge . It allegedly takes several years to memorize the entire city.
Awesome Things 20
. The scientist that designed the V2 rocket for the Germans (Wernher Von Braun) always wanted to go to space. Unfortunately, his rocket was instead used as a weapon. After the bombing of London he was famous for noting that the rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet
Awesome Things 21
. In 1931 the Times of London came up with the Times New Roman typeface when they were accused of using ugly and dated fonts
Awesome Things 22
. London has around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath its streets
Awesome Things 23
. During the 18th century, nearly one out of every five women in London was employed as a prostitute
Awesome Things 24
. Driving in London during the day often requires you to pay a congestion fee . Some people apparently avoid this by registering their cars as private taxis and not picking people up
Awesome Things 25
. The Olympics in 2012 saw the biggest military presence in London since the end of World War II