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5 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About London

Fri, 20 June 2014

5 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About London

At some point in our lives, we’ll probably make it to England’s capital and see why it’s one of the most popular destinations in the world. 

Its iconic skyline holds some of the most important buildings in finance, arts, commerce, education, entertainment and fashion, to name a few – but here’s some rather interesting things you might not have known about London.

1.       London has how many cinemas?

London has close to 800 cinema screens, more than any other part of the UK. I know, right? That means that over a fifth of the country’s cinemas are based in the capital. So, if that film you wanted to watch has just left your local cinema, take a trip to London: you’ll probably find a viewing somewhere. The biggest one is the BFI IMAX in Waterloo

2.       Piccadilly? You just made that up.

You’d think so but actually a “piccadill” is the name of that round collar worn by Shakespeare and Elizabeth I. Apparently they were made famous by Robert Baker, a tailor who’s thought to have made his fortune selling them in the area. Also, Mayfair is named after a fair that used to be held in the area every… well, guess. Covent Garden was also originally the market garden for the convent of Westminster Abbey.


3.       There are so many roads in London

Well, actually, no. There’s only one "road" in the City of London; Goswell Road and that only appeared in 1994 when it became part the Square Mile after the boundaries changed. There are plenty of Lanes, Streets, and Ways… technically the “Road” didn’t exist until the 17th century. The most famous street is quite possibly Baker Street, home to the great Benedict Cumb Sherlock Holmes.


4.       Why’s that lamp post all shaped funny?

It’s not a lamp post. If you go to the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square, where Nelson's Column stands proud, you’ll find what was a Police overnight lock-up for drunk and disorderly people! Fortunately, it was closed sometime in the 60’s but if you do get to visit, you can still see an old telephone which, at the time, was a direct line to Scotland Yard.


5.       London can make you rich.

OK, that’s probably not true. London is the home to the most multi-millionaires in the world though. There are in fact more multi-millionaires in London than in the entire country of France. London also ranks third worldwide for the number of millionaires living in a city (after Tokyo and New York), and third for the number of billionaires (after New York and Moscow). Not bad, London. Not bad.


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