Having been born abroad, and therefore learning all about Britain, and in particular, London, without the benefit of English schooling, I thought I might share a few of the interesting facts I have gleaned during my short residence.
There are more languages spoken in London than any other country in the world, if you don’t believe me, stand at Oxford circus on a Saturday afternoon.
The London eye is comprised of 32 capsules, each one representing the 32 boroughs of Greater London
It legal for a man to urinate in public in the city of London, provided it is on the rear wheel of his vehicle and He has his hand on said vehicle. A pregnant woman however may pee wherever she pleases!!
The longest escalator in is in Angel Tube Station, Islington, at 197ft.
It is illegal for London cabs to carry rabid dogs or corpses. By law they must ask if each passenger has either the plague or smallpox
From 1307, the head of any whale found washed up on Britain’s shore must be given to The King, and the tail is to be given to The Queen. This is in-case she needs bones for her corsets. Catherine of Cambridge, take note!
Big Ben refers not to the tower, but to the actual bell-end. The largest clock in London is not on St Stephen’s tower (Big Ben) either, but on the Shell Mex building on the Strand.
There are no roads with-in the square mile of London, only streets, places, gardens, or courts.
The London Underground was built in 1863 and was the first metro in the world. Today it is quite possibly the most outdated, broken down, inefficient service in the world!
It is widely rumoured that there is a secret tunnel from Buckingham Palace to Green Park Tube Station, to protect the monarch in times of war. I hope the queen remembers to take her Oyster card before she leaves — those ticket inspectors on the Victoria line can be vicious!