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    Oct 22, 2019

    24 Facts That Will Completely Alter Your Perspective Of London

    Watch out for those underground mosquitos.

    1. Every week, London Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the earth.

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    2. Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square is illegal and you could be fined £50 or even prosecuted.

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    3. Aldgate Underground station reportedly has over 1000 bodies buried underneath it.

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    It was built on top of a plague pit used to dispose of the bodies during The Great Plague.

    4. London is officially recognised as a forest by the Forestry Commission.

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    5. In a 2002 study on the London Underground, it was found that the air quality was 73 times worse than at street level.

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    Meaning that a twenty minute journey on the Northern Line has the same effect as smoking one cigarette.

    6. Approximately 8.8 million people live in London, this is 13% of the UK population.

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    For context that's more than the entire population of Switzerland.

    7. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament while wearing a suit of armour.

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    8. There must be at least six ravens in the Tower of London at all times.

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    9. The Shard is made up by over 11,000 panes of glass.

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    10. Up until 1916 you could purchase heroin and cocaine behind the counter at Harrods.

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    11. Great Ormond Street Hospital owns the rights to Peter Pan. It was gifted to them by the author J.M. Barry.

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    12. There are around 20 subterranean rivers that flow beneath the city's streets.

    13. Drinking alcohol was banned on the tube in 2008, the night before Londoners gathered on the Circle line for a huge party to get merry on the tube one last time.

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    14. Despite London's reputation as forever raining, the city actually has a lot less rainfall per year than Rome, Toulouse, Naples, Sydney and New York City.

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    15. There are an estimated 10,000 urban foxes living in the capital.

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    16. Winnie the Pooh was named after a real life bear which was housed at London Zoo. A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin used to visit the bear frequently.

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    17. The London Underground has its own subspecies of mosquito.

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    18. The Queen has to ask permission to enter the city.

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    19. The road outside The Savoy, one of Londons most famous hotels, is the only place in the UK where it's legal to drive on the right hand side of the road.

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    20. London has hosted the modern Olympics three times, more than any other city.

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    it hosted a third time in 2012.

    21. London's smallest house is 10 Hyde Park Place - it is only 95cm (3 feet) wide!

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    22. In 2014 a parking space near The Royal Albert Hall was sold for £400,000.

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    23. In the 1300s over one third of London's population died during The Black death.

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    By 1349 the plague had reached London and was decimating it's population. Once afflicted people rarely lived longer than three or four days.

    24. Big Ben's real name is the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the name for the bell.

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    The famous landmarks name was changed in 2012 in honour of the Queen's diamond jubilee.

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