Top 20 Facts About London, England

Top 20 Facts About London, England

    1. Harrods sold cocaine until 1916.
    2. French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362
    3. England is 74 times smaller than the USA, 59 times smaller than Australia and 3 times smaller than Japan. England is however 2.5 times more populous than Australia
    4. The famous Big Ben tower and clock does not refer to the clock, but actually the bell.
    5. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.
    6. The highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5°C (101.3°F ) in Brogdale, Kent, on 10 August 2003.
    7. It is illegal to die in the Palace of Westminster.
    8. English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French)
    9. Britain has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. Over half of England’s cider is produced in Herefordshire.
    10. The oldest church in the city, All Hallows by the Tower, near Tower Hill, was founded in 675. The undercroft has Roman pavement dating from the 2nd century A.D.
    11. English people have the highest obesity rate in the European Union (22.3% of men and 23% of women). They also have the highest percentage of overweight women (33.6%) and the 6th highest for men (43.9%).
    12. Unusual street names in London include Ha Ha Road in Greenwich, Hooker’s Road in Walthamstow, Quaggy Walk in Blackheath, and Cyclops Mews and Uamvar Street in Limehouse.
    13. Oxford University once had rules that specifically forbade students from bringing bows and arrows to class.
    14. It’s considered treason to place a stamp bearing the King or Queen’s image upside-down.
    15. Great Ormond Street Hospital, off Russell Square, owns the copyright to Peter Pan and receives royalties from all associated works and performances. Author J.M. Barrie — who had no children himself — gifted the rights to the hospital in 1929.
    16. In 1811, 1/4 woman were named Mary
    17. One of England’s quaintest traditional event is the cheese rolling competition in Brockworth, Gloucestershire.
    18. During World War one, British spies used semen as invisible ink.
    19. Blackfriars is the only train station to have entrances on both sides of the Thames.
    20. Silburry Hill, in the English county of Wiltshire, is the largest man-made earthen mound in Europe. It was built about 4750 years ago

 

BONUS FACTS!!!

 

  1. The stone circle at Avebury is the largest in the world. It was built between 5300 and 4600 years ago and covers 11 ha (28 acres). The outer circle is surrounded by a bank and ditch long of 1.5 km (1 mile).
  2. Queen Elizibeth II is related to Vlad the Impaler
  3. The world’s first public street lighting with gas was installed in Pall Mall, London in 1807. In 1812, the London and Westminster Gas Light and Coke Company became the world’s first gas company.
  4. The original London Bridge was shipped to Arizona. US customs labeled it ‘large antique’.
  5. At William the Conqueror’s funeral, his corpse was too bloated to fit inside the coffin, and exploded when mourners tried to fit him in
  6. Big Ben does not refer to the clock, but actually the bell.
  7. There is nowhere in Britain that is more than 74.5 miles from the sea.
  8. The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  9. There are over 300 languages spoken in England.
  10. Buckingham Palace has its own police station.
  11. The Queen owns all the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles from the UK.

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