London: 15 Must-Know Facts About England’s Capital (Part 2)

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We filled you in with the first seven must-know facts about London in part one, and now we are here to share all of the most important details. If you are planning on a trip to London soon, you will definitely need to see these facts! Read on to discover the top eight must-know facts that everyone should read about this city!

Number Eight: The Lost Rivers of London

Many of the rivers in this unique city aren’t easily observed- mainly because they are underground. The waters of natural rivers flow through man-made tunnels, which allowed the bustling city to be built right on top of them. These systems are nicknamed to be the “lost rivers”.

Number Seven: The City-Wide Disaster

In December of 1952, the weather in London was icy. All around the city, coal fires were burned to fight off the chill, but with one problem: the wind wasn’t blowing any of the smoke away. Instead, the fumes just lingered throughout the streets. The breathing issues encountered from the smog were so intense that they sent a mind-boggling 100,000 people to the hospital. Even more astounding, roughly 12,000 people actually died from the incident.

Number Six: The Seed Bank

This city is home to one of the world’s most successful seed banks in the world. Here, in the Royal Botanical Gardens, in the Millennium Seed Bank. This facility currently holds a collection of seeds from 10% of the world’s total species and plan to have at least 25% by 2020.

Number Five: A Parakeet Problem

England has become famous for its incredibly large population of parakeets, but the largest colony of these beautiful birds is in the city of London. In fact, it is estimated that they inhabit the area in thousands. There are many hypotheses for this event, the most common being that a few escaped from the 1951 filming of The African Queen.

Number Four: The Underground Railroad

No really, the city of London was the first to exercise use of underground train networks. The locomotives began running in 1863 and are still used today. They have received a lot of fame for the feat, as many countries follow their concept.

Number Three: A Tale of Two Cities

Initially, this famous city didn’t always bear the name that it does today. Since its origin, the area has gone by the names of Londinium, Lundenwic, Lundenburh, and Augusta. The two ancient cities that took up this now-combined area of land were the City of London and the City of Westminster, which formed Greater London.

Number Two: Big Ben isn’t a Clock

Oddly enough, Big Ben is actually the name of the bell that rings from within the tower. So what do we call the big clock? Locals recommend the Great Clock or Elizabeth Tower. Although, in reality, it isn’t even the biggest clock in London.

Number One: The Thames Underwater

Not only can you walk on top of the rivers of this city, but you can also walk under a few of them. Because of London’s extensive array of underground tunnels, there are a select few underground pathways that take you right below the incredible rushing water. We hope you enjoyed exploring our list of the 15 must-know facts that you never heard about London!

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