Fun London Facts
London has always been a place that tourists from all over the world flock to experience history and culture. It is the biggest city in Europe and the former capital of a vast empire. London was founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, and has endured many hardships and victories on its journey to become the capitol of England. Here are some fun London facts to demonstrate what sort of a powerhouse London really is.
“Big Ben”, which is the famous clock located in the Picadilly Circus in London, is the name of the 13 ton bell that is located in St. Stephen’s tower.
There are over 300 languages spoken in London, more languages spoken than in any other city in the world.
London’s underground system, commonly called “the tube”, was the first, and the largest, to be built anywhere. It is also the costliest and least reliable.
Each week, the 409 escalators in the London subway make several trips around the globe.
London hosted the Olympics for the third time in 2012, the first city to do so. The city also hosted the Olympics in 1908 and 1948.
There is a fee for driving into central London during rush hour: 10 pounds.
46,000 people enter Waterloo Station each day during rush hour.
These London facts are a few of many fun things to know. If you are visiting, or just browsing the web for your own enjoyment, these facts will help you understand London more clearly. Don’t let the age fool you; London is still a perfect tourism magnet with the combination of tradition and the free-spirited avant-garde.
More fun London facts and travel assistance through London can be found on Frommer’s travel site.