7 Little-Known facts About London

There is a lot of information about London that most people are aware of while there is a lot more that not many people know about.  Given below are seven interesting facts about London that you may not have heard before.

It is Illegal to Die in the Houses of Parliament 

The rationale behind this law is that since the Houses of Parliament are also a Royal Palace, as they are known as the Palace of Westminster, anyone who dies there is entitled to a state funeral. Aptly, this law was recently voted as the most absurd in Britain.

The Rights of Peter Pan are With Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Peter Pan’s author had gifted the copyright of Peter Pan to this hospital in 1929, eight years before his death. Ever since then, the hospital has earned millions of pounds through sales of books and toys and film adaptations. As such, buying Peter Pan books or seeing his movies certainly helps a good cause for children.

Staying in a Piccadilly Hotel is the best way to be in the midst of the attractions and all the action in London.

All Types of Things are Left on the Tube 

The Tube carries over a billion passengers a year and is over 150 years old. No wonder then that passengers have been leaving behind many things including some strange items including a stuffed puffer fish, a coffin, an urn full of ashes, 3 dead bats in a jar, and even an entire park bench!

Guests at The Shaftesbury Piccadilly can enjoy luxurious accommodation and best facilities in the heart of London.

It is Mandatory to Drive on the Wrong Side 

Savoy Court, the entrance to the Savoy hotel, just off the Strand, is the only road in London where drivers are required to drive on the right hand side of the road. The only likely explanation for this is that taxis have to drop off guests at the Savoy Theatre, which is on the right hand side of the road, before picking up fares from the hotel, at the end of the road.

The Queen Must Seek Permission to Enter the City of London 

Queen Elizabeth II needs permission from the Lord Mayor to enter the City of London. This is stated in the royal website that stipulates that the citizens of London, through the Corporation of the City, still have the ancient privilege of barring the Sovereign from entering their streets.

London Was at One Time Capital of 6 Countries 

During the Second World War, London was considered to be a safe place and so it became a safe haven for displaced governments of countries invaded by Hitler. It was home to 6 governments-in-exile including those of Poland, Norway, Belgium, Holland and France.

France in London 

With 200,000 French people living in London, and more than 400,000 in the UK, London is considered to be France’s 6th largest city. Miss Axelle Lemaire is a French MP is considered to be France’s MP for London because of the vast majority of her voters living in Britain.

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