London is a top destination for tourists from all over the world. The city with almost 8.8 million inhabitants and historical monuments and attractions all the way is one of the most visited on the planet, with a record of 19 million tourists in the last year. Main points of interest are Big Ben, Tower of London, British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and the list can continue for pages. On this website, we have gathered information for anyone taking an interest in the history and culture of London, and we hope these posts will be valuable for those planning a trip to the capital of the United Kingdom. Here are the main topics you can read about:
- Little-known facts about London
- Top most visited tourist attractions in London (based on visits per venue)
- Things to do for free in London
- Iconic symbols of London
- Moments from the history of London
- Foods you need to try in the capital of the United Kingdom
- Things you probably didn’t know about the London Tube
- Tourist attraction in London built after 2000
- Legends about London
- Famous bridges across the River Thames
In the first article in the series, referring to little known facts about London, you will find out how difficult it is to be a black cab driver in London, since you need to know 25,000 streets and 320 basic routes, but you will also laugh when you’ll read that St. Paul’s Cathedral almost ended up embellished with a huge pineapple. Also read this article to find out if it really rains that much in London.
Another post that will make London unforgettable is the one about its iconic symbols. We all recognize the red telephone box, but did you know that such items can also be found in other places, such as Malta, Bermuda, and Gibraltar? And did you know that the bearskin hat worn by the Queen’s Guard will stay natural in spite of animal right activists’ protests because no synthetic material can match the qualities of real bear fur?
The London Tube is definitely one of the landmarks attracting the most fascination in the capital of the United Kingdom, and thousands of stories can be told about it. What we can tell you, however, in our post dedicated to this means of transportation is how the first tunnels were built, when the idea for a metro system was proposed, what are the conditions inside the tunnels, what wild animals live in there, and how much water is pumped out of the Tube every day – it’s a huge amount, by the way!
In the end, we hope we’ll also spark your interest with a description of the most important tourist attractions developed in the 21st century or to mark the beginning of a new millennium. Some of these landmarks are very successful, like the London Eye, others had to overcome some difficulties (Millennium Bridge), and others were a failure when opened (Millennium Dome). However, they have become a part of London and tourists take a big interest in those too.
Happy daydreaming about London and we hope you’ll get to visit this beautiful city filled with history very soon!