During the 17th-Century, the plague hit London very badly with almost a 1/3 of the population being killed by the disease. Now, this is pretty macabre but lots of the small parks and green spaces actually became vast plague pits where tens of thousands of bodies were left. Some of
The Savoy Hotel is one of the most famous in London and has played host to awards shows, celebrities and of course some scandals. Unlike the rest of the UK, Savoy Court, the entrance road to the Savoy (just off The Strand), requires drivers to drive on the right-hand side
London Zoo was the home to one of the most famous animals in the world: Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie was given to the zoo by a Canadian regiment who were called up to fight in France during the First World War. Winnie lived at ZSL London Zoo from 1914 until 1934 during
Harrods is known for its opulence, luxe and prim and proper British culture. But did you know that you could buy cocaine and heroin over the counter at Harrods until 1916? It may come as a surprise, but shop assistants at this orderly store would suggest pure cocaine, aka “Ryno’s Hay
1. Her Majesty needs official permission to enter the City of London Even though she is sovereign of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen is not allowed to enter the City of London without the permission of its Lord Mayor. 2. The Queen is the only person who is
Well, purportedly at least! According to the big wigs at Fortnum and Mason, the Scotch egg isn’t Scottish at all and was created by Fortnums almost three hundred years ago. Created in the 18th-century it has become a picnic staple and amazing treat (especially when the eggs are still runny).
In a city filled with grand monuments and huge statues, it’s nice to know London has an official smallest statue. Located on Philpot Lane, the statue of two tiny mice eating cheese is dedicated to two builders who fell during construction of The Monument after an argument over a missing
Cleopatra’s Needle, an Egyptian obelisk, was erected on on the Thames Embankment in London on 12 September 1878. Made from red granite, stands 68 feet (21 metres) tall and weighs 224 tons Cleopatra’s Needle was presented to the United Kingdom in 1819 by the ruler of Egypt and Sudan Muhammad