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70 Cracking Facts About London: How Well Do You Know The Old Smoke?

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London is an iconic city that is high on most people's bucket list as a place to visit.

With a crazy history and some amazing landmarks, we have put together all of the important things about London that you have got to know. London has so much to see and do, including taking a ride on the iconic [London Eye] and learning some cool history about [the great fire of London].

We have tons of facts about these, and interesting facts about London and its many landmarks for you. To top it off, there are some awesome London history facts to perfect your London history knowledge. If you really want to know all about London, these fun facts about London are going to be the best place to start.

For more interesting facts about London, check out these London Eye facts and these Great Fire of London facts for kids.

Historical London Facts

Learn some cool facts about London history that you didn't know before. These facts about London, England are going to make your history teacher impressed.

1. London has hosted the Olympics three times. The last time was 2012.

2. University of London was the first place in Britain where women were allowed to study in the year 1878.

3. Some parts of London have been lived in since the year 4000 BC.

4. Outside of Buckingham Palace the Changing of the Queen's Guards occurs every day while music plays.

5. One thing you need to know about the Royal Guards is that they are never going to smile for a picture.

6. You won't catch them smiling because if they do they could get hit with a £200 fine.

7. In the year 1666 a huge fire called the Great Fire of London ruined four fifths of the city.

8. Over 100,000 people were made homeless after the Great Fire.

9. Did you know London is home to the oldest underground system in the entire world?

10. The 1660s were a tough time for Londoners, the Great Plague killed over 100,000 people in this decade.

11. During the Blitz of 1940 London was bombed every single night for 57 nights.

12. In the Second World War, the Central Line of the London Underground was used as a fighter aircraft factory that was two miles long.

London is famous for its red phone boxes and black cabs.

What Is London Famous For?

Here are some interesting facts about London for kids. These are top facts about London icons and all things related to London. These cool things about London will make you want to visit as soon as you can!

13. The area of London is equivalent to the size of 607 square miles.

14. You can find the Tardis, which was the transport method of Dr. Who, outside Earl's Court train station in London, cool right?

15. There are 8.8 million people who live in London.

16. London is famous for its wide range of parks and green spaces. There are parks and woodlands all over the city.

17. The West End of London is one of the best places in the world for musicals, shows and other performances.

18. The British Museum has the biggest collection of historical objects in the UK, and contains over seven million different objects.

19. The objects in the British Museum are from civilizations over a span of 2,000 years.

20. The London Underground is a popular London attraction, and was used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War.

21. Another famous thing that London is known for is the British love of tea. Some of the best tea shops and tea rooms can be found in London.

22. London black cabs were originally known as Hackney carriages.

23. There are six ravens that live in the Tower of London.

24. King Charles II was told that his kingdom wouldn't outlive the last raven, so they have been kept there ever since.

25. London is known as the world's capital of fish and chips. You won't understand why they are so great until you try them in the UK.

26. London is known for being a city with lots of different cultures. There are over 300 languages spoken by the population.

27. You can find every type of food from around the world in the city of London.

28. London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

29. One of London's most popular attractions is Buckingham Palace. There are over 700 different rooms inside the huge palace.

30. London has lots of famous residents. Some of the famous people who have lived there are Charles Darwin, Jimi Hendrix, Mozart and Karl Marx.

London is famous for its red phone boxes and black cabs.

Interesting Facts About London Landmarks

Some of the most iconic places to tick off your list in a visit to London are right here in these facts about London city. For facts about the London Eye, to the Tower of London, to Big Ben: they are all right here among these London facts for kids.

31. Perhaps the most famous landmark in London is Big Ben.

32. Another place that should be on your London visiting list is the Houses of Parliament. The best place to view them from is the top of the London Eye!

33. A trip to London isn't complete without a visit to Piccadilly Circus, which is home to one of London's most important shopping streets: Shaftesbury Avenue.

34. Art lovers will love the Tate Modern which is a modern art museum designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

35. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott also designed the iconic red postboxes you find in England's capital city and all over England.

36. The Millennium Dome is big enough that the Great Pyramids of Giza could fit under its roof.

37. London is home to a building called the Gherkin, which was one of the first steel and glass buildings in London.

38. The Gherkin got its name by being the shape of a gherkin, this is what English people call pickles.

39. Buckingham Palace in London is also visible from the London Eye, and is the Queen of England's London home.

40. Trafalgar Square is a popular tourist destination in London, which is home to the famous Nelson's Column.

41. Of course you can see London landmarks from it, but the London Eye is a landmark in itself. It is a giant ferris wheel that gives great views of the city.

42. The Tower of London dates back to 1078.

43. Tower Bridge is an important piece of Victorian engineering that has a glass floor just above the water.

44. Every year since 1947, Norway has gifted a Christmas tree to Trafalgar square.

45. Greenwich Royal Observatory is one of the most important historical buildings in London. It is the home of Greenwich Mean Time.

46. St. Paul's Cathedral in London has one of the largest domes in the world.

47. Martin Luther King Jr. once gave a talk in St. Paul's Cathedral.

48. Westminster Abbey is one of the city of London's most important religious sites.

49. The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster is Westminster Abbey's official name.

50. Another building with a wacky name is the Walkie Talkie. This is a commercial skyscraper that was opened in 2015. It gets its name from its shape (it looks like like a giant walkie talkie)!

51. The Shard is a skyscraper in London that was completed in 2013. It is the tallest building in Western Europe.

52. In 2013, six women climbed to the top of the Shard to raise awareness for Greenpeace.

53. Construction workers once found a fox on the 72nd storey of the Shard. They named him Romeo.

54. The River Thames in London is over 200 miles long.

55. In the year 2006, Lewis Pugh was the first person to swim the whole length of the Thames river, but he had to run part of the way because it had dried up.

56. The River Thames is the longest river in England.

57. St. Paul's cathedral could have looked very different, originally Christopher Wren had wanted to place a pineapple where the dome is!

Funny Facts About London

We couldn't let you go without telling you these funny things you didn't know about London. This trivia about London might not make you sound smarter, but these fun facts are sure to make you funnier!

58. London has had a sheriff since the seventh century.

59. If the Queen of England wants to enter the city she needs to ask permission from the mayor.

60. Twice the amount of people visit London than the amount that actually live there each year.

61. In 1814 a tidal wave of beer exploded from a London brewery, causing carnage.

62. It's against the law to feed pigeons if you're in Trafalgar Square.

63. Because there are so many trees, London is actually considered to be a forest. It even has its own Forestry Conservator.

64. There is a special breed of mosquito which has evolved to live in the London Underground.

65. Since the 17th century London has been the biggest city in the United Kingdom.

66. 6.5 million people take the bus in London every day.

67. Black cab drivers don't use Sat Navs. Instead there is an incredibly difficult test they have to pass to become licensed that makes them experts at finding their way around the city.

68. With lots of big and impressive statues, London also has an official smallest statue too. It is a statue of two tiny mice eating cheese in memory of two builders who fell from The Monument when they were arguing over a sandwich. They both blamed each other for the sandwich going missing, but it was actually eaten by mice.

69. Once King Henry III was given the gift of a polar bear. He kept it chained up outside the Tower of London,  right beside the Thames. The bear was allowed to go into the river to catch fish to eat.

70. Big Ben outside the Houses of Parliament actually isn't called Big Ben. It is actually called the Elizabeth Tower. The bell inside the tower is called Big Ben.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly facts for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our facts about London, then why not take a look at these Tower of London facts or these quirky facts about London?

Written By
Emily Munden

Emily has lived in London for ten years, and still loves discovering new places to explore in the capital with her two little brothers. She loves all things lifestyle and fashion, she is a fashion designer and artist, as well as working with arts charities to facilitate workshops and outreach on crafts, fashion, and design for children with special needs and children with difficult home lives who might otherwise not have access, from toddlers to teenagers. Emily is also a trained life coach and loves talking and writing about general wellness, mindfulness and healthy relationships.

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