14 interesting facts about London that I’m sure you didn’t know:
1. The London Eye has 32 passenger pods, yet they are numbered 1 – 33, skipping 13 for good luck.
2. On average a body a week is found in the River Thames.
3. Most people mispronounce the River ‘Thames‘ as rhyming with ‘James,’ but should be ‘tems’ rhyming with ‘gems.’ It’s also one of the places you’ll find Santa in London if you are visiting over the holidays.
5. The Tower Bridge is often mistaken for the lyrically famous London Bridge – ‘London Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down, London Bridge is Falling Down, My Fair Lady.’
6. The Palace of Westminster has eight bars: Annie’s Bar, Astor Bar, Bellamy’s Bar, Churchill Room, Lords Bar, Press Bar, Sports and Social Club and the Strangers’ bar.
7. The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is one of London’s most ornate monuments. It has various unintentional coincidences: 61 human figures (he died in 1861), 42 women figures (he was 42 when he died), and 9 animals (he had 9 children).
8. In 2013 Greenpeace protesters climbed to the summit of the Shard, then Europe’s tallest building, protesting oil plans to drill in the Arctic.
It was constructed out of 95% recycled material and has 11,000 glass panels.
9. Some of the famous red phone booths of the city are being repurposed into free, solar-powered mobile charging stations to offer a carbon-neutral energy source for the city.
The town is painting them green and will have “solarbox” written across the top.
10. William Shakespeare, one of many shareholders, owned 12.5% of the Globe Theatre as a young writer.
11. In 2002, Yoko Ono paid 150,000 euros to have the lyrics to “Imagine” displayed in Piccadilly Circus for two months: ‘Imagine all the people living life in peace.’
12. Buckingham Palace, home of the monarch of the United Kingdom, has its own zip code (postcode).
13. The remains of a teenage Roman girl were found during the construction of the Gherkin Building.
She was moved to the Museum of London while the construction carried on and reburied near the base of the building when it was completed.
14. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell, not the clock or the tower of the Palace of Westminster.
Located in the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben held the title of the largest bell in the United Kingdom for twenty-three years and weighs 15.1 tons.
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