Fun Facts About London

A Cosmopolitan City

  • As one of the most diverse cities in the world, over 300 languages are spoken every day in London, including Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Mandarin and of course English.

Stranger Things in the London Tube and Jack the Ripper

  • More than a billion people use the London underground every year. Some users eventually leave objects in trains and there were some things you wouldn't expect to find while traveling... Amongst the strangest objects found there was a samurai sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull and even a coffin!
  • The identity of Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial-killer history has never known, has never been discovered. The police never caught the blood-chilling killer of Whitechapel, even though it suspected a great number of people, from Lewis Carroll to Prince Albert, and even Queen Victoria's doctor Sir William Gull. The Jack the Ripper Tour takes you back in 1888 to play being private eyes and walk in the footsteps of Jack and his 5 unfortunate victims (http://www.jack-the-ripper-tour.com , English-speaking tour)

Fun Facts About Transports in London

  • The world-famous double-deck buses were not always red. Before 1907, different lines had different-coloured buses.
  • To become a Black Cab driver in London, you must pass the Knowledge, the insanely difficult London geography test after obtaining your driving licence. You must master all the streets because Taxi drivers cannot use GPS devices. If you see someone on a scooter with a fluorescent jacket and a large map, it could well be a prospective cabbie studying for the Knowledge exam.

The Ravens of the Tower of London

  • In the XVIIth Century, King Charles II ordered for seven ravens to be placed in the Tower of London to protect it. They still live in there nowadays. A superstition has it that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it." Each raven even has a name.

 

 

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