25 Awesome Things You Should Know Before Visiting London

London is a melting pot. You’ve probably heard that before and its true. There is almost no place like it in the entire world. It is a minority majority city. This means that the majority of people in London come from a minority background. For over 2 thousand years this city located on the River Thames has been a major settlement and focal point of world trade and power. Today, it is one of the world’s leading financial centers and one of the most visited cities on Earth as measured by international arrivals. It contains four world heritage sites including the Tower of London (Big Ben) and Westminster Abbey. Other famous landmarks are Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Shard, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. The city is home to numerous museums, sporting events, galleries, and theaters. And getting around to all of these things shouldn’t be too much of a problem because the city is served by the oldest metro system in the world. Don’t let that fool you though. It is modern, efficient, and today it is one of the most used metro systems anywhere on Earth. Get ready because these are 25 awesome things you should know before visiting London!

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The Olympics in 2012 saw the biggest military presence in London since the end of World War II

The Olympics in 2012 saw the biggest military presence in London since the end of World War IISource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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Driving in London during the day often requires you to pay a "congestion fee". Some people apparently avoid this by registering their cars as private taxis and not picking people up

Driving in London during the day often requires you to pay a "congestion fee". Some people apparently avoid this by registering their cars as private taxis and not picking people upSource: reddit, Image: pexels
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During the 18th century, nearly one out of every five women in London was employed as a prostitute

During the 18th century, nearly one out of every five women in London was employed as a prostituteSource: canadiancontent.net, Image: wikipedia
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London has around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath its streets

London has around 20 subterranean rivers flowing beneath its streetsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1931 the Times of London came up with the Times New Roman typeface when they were accused of using ugly and dated fonts

In 1931 the Times of London came up with the Times New Roman typeface when they were accused of using ugly and dated fontsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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