7 Interesting And Fun Facts About London England
1. London is diverse
People from all over the world call London their home and over 300 languages are spoken here. The ten most spoken foreign languages are Bengali, Polish, Turkish, Gujarati, Panjabi, Urdu, French, Arabic, Tamil, and Portuguese.
2. And has more Indian restaurants than in Mumbai
With cultural diversity comes a diversity of food options. Delicious new things to try from around the world. Curry is particularly popular in England. London is said to have more traditional curry houses than Mumbai, nearly 10,000 of them.
3. London is the smallest city in England
Only 9,721 (as of 2019) people live in London?
In fact, what we typically think of as London is called “Greater London.” Which consists of the City of London and 31 additional Burroughs.
The City of London itself is only one square mile and the Greater London region is 606 square miles in total with a population of 8,899,375.
4. Being a London black cab driver is an impressive achievement
London cab drivers must memorize every single street in London.
They must learn 320 basic routes, all 25,000 streets within those routes, and 20,000 points of interest within a 6-mile radius of Charing Cross.
Typically, the training takes 2 to 4 years,
5. Big Ben is not actually called Big Ben
The name of the tower is actually Elizabeth Tower and not Big Ben. Big Ben is the name for the heaviest of the five bells of the famous clock tower. Clock Tower was also its official name until September 2012, when it was renamed on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
6. London has some of the naughtiest street names
London has some seriously naughty street names, which might almost seem offensive.
In the Middle Ages, it was common to name a street after its function or the economic activity that took place in it. And with some of these names, I really don’t want to know what was going on there…
Here are some examples but beware, not for the faint of heart!
Cock Lane, EC1
Cock Pond, SW4
Laycock Street, N1
Balls Pond Road, N1
Bird-in-Hand Passage, SE23
Bellenden Road, SE15
Hookers Road, E17
Fanny Hands Land
Clitterhouse Road, NW2
Back Passage, EC1
Swallow Street, W1
The Butts and Upper Butts, TW8 (my favorite, makes me think of the under boob trend a few years back)
White Knobs Way, CR3
Penistone Road, SW16
Cold Blow Lane, SE14
Cumming Street, N1
Was this all the reason for the Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1?
7. The London Eye is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe
The London Eye is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, with a height of 443 ft. It is also the fourth tallest in the world. In case you are wondering, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world is the High Roller, which is 550 feet tall and located in Las Vegas.
A ride on the London Eye takes about 30 minutes, enjoy the view!
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