The city of London is known for its diversity of rich history and culture. Be it diversity of world-class dishes, shopping or a range of modern and colonial attractions, you will always find something different in this cosmopolitan and fast-paced city. Here are some of the jaw-dropping facts about London you won’t believe exist –
Londoners speak more than 300 languages
Cultural diversity is the first attraction in London. It is so diverse that 8 million residents in London speak more than 300 languages, including English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese and others.
Big Ben could have been named different
Big Ben is one of the most popular landmarks in London. Shockingly, it could have named “The Clock Tower” and Big Ben is actually a bell.
Jack the Ripper never got caught
The identity of the most notorious serial killer of London, Jack the Ripper has never been caught. Since the killings, investigators and authorities have suspected a lot of people, including Lewis Carroll, Prince Albert, and Sir William Gull, doctor of Queen Victoria.
There are six ravens in the Tower of London
It was the order of Charles II to place the six ravens in the Tower of London for protection. You can still witness the six ravens in the tower and they remain there for superstitious beliefs. Each raven has a wing and they also have a raven extra as they believe that one may fly away anytime.
The London Underground could’ve been filled with water
When it comes to discuss the facts about London, it could be incomplete without tube. Initially engineers recommended filling the London Underground tunnels with water and to float people from one station to another or carriages could be pulled around the darkness with an army of horses. But they chose to opt for trains instead.
Waterloo Tube Station – Busiest Station for public transport
The London Underground has been gathered by over 1.265 billion people every year. It is relatively more than India’s total population. Obviously, it is not going to be easy to seat. Waterloo is the most popular station here, as it accommodates over 100 million passengers year by year.
There are more than 170 museums in London
In London, there are more than 300 languages spoken by residents in London. The capital has more than 170 museums adding to the diversity of culture, including the giant British Museum, the hottest tourist attraction in London, and the smallest Fan Museum, Greenwich.
London houses the smallest statue
London is the city loaded with giant statues and huge monuments. But an interesting fact is that you can also spot the smallest statue in London. There is a statue of two cute little mice eating cheese on Philpot Lane. This statue is built as a tribute to two builders who fell when The Monument was being built. Actually, they fell as they were arguing over a sandwich they missed and they were blaming one another for the same. It is believed that mice invasion was the main reason.