London Fun & Facts

London Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Greater London's population was estimated to be 8.63 million in January 2015, the highest level since 1939.
  • London ranked as the 6th most expensive city in which to live in 2016.
  • London attracted over 16 million international visitors in 2014, making it the world's most visited city.
  • A Beer Wave of 388,000 Gallons (or 1.4m L) flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.
  • London's "Big Ben" is not the tower. It's the bell inside it.
  • London was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium.
  • 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.
  • London lost nearly a third of its population during the Black Death in the mid-14th century.
  • 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.
  • About half a million mice live in the London Underground.
  • 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."
  • Despite its reputation as being a rainy city, London receives less precipitation in a year than Rome, Toulouse, Naples and even Sydney in Australia, but those are spread over more days.
  • 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.
  • 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 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.
  • In the 16th century, a London law forbade wife beating after 9:00 P.M., but only because the noise disturbed people's sleep.