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10 Interesting Facts About London For Your First Visit

London is an wonderful city. No wonder why millions of foreign enthusiastic tourists, students and permanent residents go to London yearly. However, there are many amazing things about London that you may not know before. Check out the following interesting facts about London for your first visit.

London is the smallest city in England

The city of London covers only 1.2 square miles and has a population of around 7,500 residents. As such, the city of London is actually the smallest city in England. People often think of greater London, that is an English region, which encompasses surrounding towns covering 606 square miles and having a population of over 8.7 million residents.

London Has 170 Museums

London is an important cultural and historical centre with hundred museums here. If you visit this beautiful city, don’t forget to stop by one of them. Some of popular museum here including The British Museum, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the British Library and the Wallace Collection. There are many things here for you to explore about culture as well as history of England.

The Smallest Statue In The World Is Built In London

Do you know what is the smallest statue in the world? That is the statue of two mice eating a piece of cheese and this statue is built in London. It is so small that someone must point you to it. History says that the statue was built to remember two builders who were engaged in a fight after accusing each other to have eaten their meal. Both of them died and later it was understood that mice had actually eaten their meal.

Over Than 300 Languages Are Spoken In London

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, London houses over 8 million residents, who collectively speak over 300 languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and of course English. So when you are in London, the chances of finding someone who speaks your change is really high up there.

Houses Of Parliament Is The Largest Palace In The UK

The Houses of Parliament is one of the most proud architectural landmarks that is also known as the Palace of Westminster. The Palace of Westminster has eight bars (where prices are kept cheap, thanks to the taxpayer), six restaurants, 1,000 rooms, 100 staircases, 11 courtyards, a hair salon, and rifle-shooting range. A fire in 1834 destroyed the whole palace except the historic Westminster Hall, the Jewel Tower, the cloisters, and the crypt of St. Stephen’s Chapel.

Over 8.7 Million People Live In London

As tell above, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. There are over 8.7 million people live in London. Although London is smallest city in England but it is the largest city in the UK by population.

Most Billionaires In The World

London is known as Home to Almost Half of the U.K.’s Billionaires. There are more than 80 billionaires live in London making it the city with the highest number of billionaires in the world. In this aspect, London leaves behind big cities like New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Paris, etc.

Feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square is banned

There are thousands of feral pigeons living in the Trafalgar Square. Tourists often fed or posed with Pigeons here. However, London Mayor Ken Livingstone banned feeding them or selling feed near the square in 2003.

Train from London to Paris

You can catch the train across the English Channel from London to Paris. It only takes two hours and will take you through the Channel Tunnel. 

Queen live in Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s official residence is Buckingham Palace in the centre of London. If you visit London, you can tell if Queen Elizabeth is home by checking whether her royal flag is flying on the flagpole or not.  Read also Things You Should Know Before Traveling to The United Kingdom