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Have You Spotted London’s Sewer Gas Destructor Lamp?

Ensconced down a small side street off of The Strand near Covent Garden, Carting Lane is home to one of the 19th century’s most bizarre inventions.  On the face of it, it looks like the other gas lamps dotted around the area, but the Patent Sewer Ventilating Lamp is anything but.  To understand the lamp, …

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Time to Discover: The Albert Memorial

Strolling through Kensington Gardens, it’s impossible to miss the imposing structure of the Albert Memorial, gilt glistening against stone and sky.  Like many things in London, it’s easy to stop for a moment to admire the intricate work and then move on without giving it much more thought.  If I’m honest, although I’ve walked past …

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The Broad Street Pump: Tracing the Tale of John Snow in Soho

Any walk through Soho throws up all kinds of oddities, from noses plastered against the walls to the seedy sex shops. Still, there’s one that often flies under the radar and it’s located outside The John Snow pub on Broad Street: the Broad Street Pump.  Why does the pump exist? More importantly, what’s the story …

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The Eros Statue: 12 Things You Never Knew about Piccadilly Circus’ Famous Landmark

We’ve all seen it right, the winged statue perched jauntily above a fountain in Piccadilly Circus… but what is the Eros statue? Why is it there? Turns out there’s a lot more that first meets the eye. 12 Things You Never Knew about the Eros Statue  First of All, It’s Not Actually a Statue of …

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The Ultimate London Quiz – How Well Do You Really Know London?

Think you know London? I’ve devised this devilishly difficult London quiz that will put your London knowledge to the test.  15 questions to separate the London know it alls from the wannabes. Give it a whizz. Looking for more London Quiz questions to test your knowledge? Try these…  London Quiz Questions Questions In which year …

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Weird and Interesting Nicknames for London… and The Stories Behind Them

London – we all know it. That massive heap of buildings, parks and weird (but wonderful) people who can’t look at each other on public transport. No wonder London has attracted a fair few nicknames over the years.  I’ll wager you’ve heard of some of London’s nicknames – like The Big Smoke – but maybe …

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26 River Thames Facts I’ll Bet You Never Knew

The River Thames might be best known as the waterway that cuts a dash through the centre of London, but there’s so much more to it than that. Beginning in Gloucestershire and ending somewhere between Kent and Essex, there’s a whole wealth of quirky, cool and interesting facts about the River Thames I’ll bet you …

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20 London Eye Facts I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know

The London Eye has graced London’s skyline for almost two decades – but how much do you really know about the city’s famous observation wheel? Here are 20 London Eye facts for all you curious wannabe know-it-alls. Ah the London Eye. I have a bit of a soft spot for London’s turtle-paced observation wheel – …

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32 Fascinating Facts about the Houses of Parliament I’ll Bet You Never Knew

Want to find out about parliament’s numerous history and oddities? Here are 32 cool and interesting facts about the Houses of Parliament.  The Houses of Parliament shape the lives of every single citizen in the UK, but how much do you really know about it?  I recently visited Parliament on a tour and was fascinated …

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20 Rather Curious Tower Bridge Facts You Probably Never Knew

Tower Bridge is one of London’s most famous landmarks – but how much do you really know about this architectural oddity? Here are 20 interesting facts about Tower Bridge I’ll bet you never knew. 20 Interesting Tower Bridge Facts No, Tower Bridge is Not London Bridge Tower Bridge might be London’s most famous bridge but …

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