London facts

London’s “Big Ben” is not the tower. It’s the bell inside it.

A Beer Wave of 388,000 Gallons (or 1.4m L) flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.

To be a London black cab driver, one is expected to know over 25,000 roads and 50,000 points of interest and pass a test called “The Knowledge.”

About half a million mice live in the London Underground.

In the 16th century, a London law forbade wife beating after 9:00 P.M., but only because the noise disturbed people’s sleep.

During the 18th century, you could pay your admission ticket to the zoo in London by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions.

Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.

In 1891, London built a structure designed to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. It was unsteady, never completed and demolished in 1907.

Today’s British accent first appeared among London’s upper class around the time of the American Revolution. Before that, the British accent was similar to that of Americans.

In London, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

In London in 1916, Harrods was selling a kit described as “A Welcome Present for Friends at the Front” containing cocaine, morphine, syringes and needles.

Despite its name, more than half of the London’s Underground network in fact runs above ground.

40% of Greater London is green space.

London has 72 billionaires, the most of any city.

Over 300 languages are spoken in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world.

During London’s “Great Smog” of 1952, between 4,000 and 12,000 people died in a few days due to air pollution.

If London’s Big Ben was built today, it would cost about US$222,000.

There’s a Cereal Cafe in London where you can eat hundreds of different kinds of cereals from around the world.

During the outbreak of WWII, London Zoo killed all their venomous animals in case the zoo was bombed and the animals escaped.

London’s Big Ben clock tower is leaning much like the Tower of Pisa.

London only reached its pre-WWII population level in January, 2015.

20% of all women in London during the 1700s were prostitutes.

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