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Did You Know...London Edition!

Posted on May 06, 2015 by Admin

We learn something new every day – whether it’s meeting someone new, picking up a new random fact or diving into some rich history; we’re always taking in some new info,

Our ‘Destination of the Week’ this week is our very own exciting capital city – good old London town! Let’s face it, a high majority of us have been to London and it’s more than likely thst we’ve been there more than once. We’ve been on the London Eye, we’ve shopped on Oxford Street and we’ve enjoyed chasing pigeons in Trafalgar Square. We know everything there is to know about London…but do we?

Did you know…that the average London tube train travels 100,000 miles per year? The escalators in the underground also travel the equivalent of a round the world trip. Twice! That’s a lot of mileage!

Did you know…that the official name of the Houses of Parliament is the Palace of Westminster? It is also the largest palace in the country.

Did you know…that the Tower of London has been home to a number of exotic animals over the years? Many rulers exchanged live animals as gifts, including lions, bears, leopards and even an African elephant!

Did you know…that the Palace of Westminster has over 1,000 rooms? The Palace also has eight bars, six restaurants, 100 staircases, a rifle shooting range, a hair salon and much more.

Did you know…that Waterloo is London’s busiest tube station? Not only is this the busiest station annually, but at rush hour more than 50,000 pass through its gates…in three hours!

Did you know…that people were able to use the walkway at the top of Tower Bridge? It was closed in 1910 due to ‘lack of use’ although there are other alleged claims for its closure.

Did you know…that the O2 Arena is the largest structure of its kind in the world? It is so big in fact that you could fit the Great Pyramid of Giza inside it!

Did you know…that London has four UNESCOWorld heritage sites? These include the Tower of London and Kew’s Royal Botanical Gardens.

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