Facts about London that might surprise you


There are so many amazing and interesting countries where you can study the English language, so it can be difficult to choose the perfect destination for you to embark on your study abroad experience.

If you are considering learning English abroad then there are 9 established countries popular for English courses.

One of the most chosen is the United Kingdom (UK) and England as part of the union. The capital city of London is probably the most famous city on planet Earth and England is of course the home of the English language.

This amazing, multi-cultural and culturally diverse capital city has so much to offer international travellers. Over 20 million tourists visited London in 2018! 

From the unique British culture to the iconic attractions (many of which are free), it is no surprise that international students from all around the world select London for their English language course.

Although London is one of the most well-known cities in the world, there are still some interesting facts that might surprise you.

Learn some interesting facts about London before you book your English course

Big Ben

  • Big Ben arguably London’s most famous landmark is actually the name of the clock within the iconic tower next to the Houses of Parliament and not the whole tower itself.

Ravens in the Tower of London

  • 6 ravens (large black birds) permanently live in the Tower of London and receive 24/7 care. Birds are protected by royal decree, get fed raw meat twice a day, have names and lineage.
Ravens in the Tower of London

The Tube with boats?

  • When the world famous London Underground (or ‘The Tube’ as it is known locally) was first proposed, the engineers suggested filling the tunnels with water and using barges to float people from station to station. There was also a plan to have horses pull carts of people around in the dark. Thankfully they settled on trains.

Baker Street station and its platforms

  • Baker Street tube station has the most platforms of any station in London – 10
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Languages in London

  • There are around 300 languages spoken in London. That’s more than anywhere else in the world. Although you are going to practice your English it can be enjoyable to hear your own language.

Museums in London

  • The amount of museums in the capital city, London adds to the culture of this city. London boasts over 170 museums, from the stunning British Museum, to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, a Grade II-listed guest house on the famous Baker Street turned into the apartment of Conan Doyle’s famous fictional detective and his friend Doctor Watson.

The Tube escalators

  • On average, the 451 escalators found in London’s Tube stations cover a distance of more than two circumferences of the world each week.
Tube Escalators

Cleopatra’s Needle

  • Cleopatra’s Needle, the Egyptian artefact located on the Victoria Embankment, was erected in 1838. During this time many things were placed underneath, including a map of London, a copy of the Bible, some daily newspapers, a rupee and 12 photographs of the best looking English women of the time.

Parks in London

  • Parks are an important part of London. One of the most famous is Regent’s Park which is very big. The inner circle of the park contains Queen Mary’s Gardens which has more than 30,000 roses of 400 different varieties.
Regent's Park in London

27th most populated city in the world

  • It is estimated that almost 9 million people currently live in London. That makes London the 27th most populated city in the world.

Public transport in London

  • Public transport keeps London moving. Apparently over 1.2 billion people use the London Underground every year which is more than the whole population of India! The most popular train station is Waterloo, which sees over 100 million passengers every year.

The Great Fire in 1666

  • Only 6 people died in the fire of London! The Great Fire in 1666 devastated London, reducing large parts of the city to ruins. However the verified death toll was only six people.

Black Cab driver test

  • In order for a person to become a black cab driver in London, they must complete a tough test called ‘The Knowledge’, which involves memorising every single street in the capital. 

The Millennium Dome

  • The Millennium Dome in Greenwich built for the millennium is so big that it can fit the Great Pyramids of Giza under the roof. The structure is 365m in diameter; and 52m high in the middle; with 12 supporting poles, symbolising days, weeks and months of the year.

Baker Street

  • Baker Street is a street London. It is in a part of London which is called Marylebone. It is famous for the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. He lived at 221B Baker Street.
Learn English near Baker Street, London

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • One famous attraction is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which was founded by French sculptor Marie Tussaud who learned the art from her mother’s employer, Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician skilled in the art of wax modeling. You can see many famous people ‘in wax’ and take your picture with them. Each subject is invited for a seating to be able to get the right body measurements. 

Have you enjoyed learning some interesting facts about London?

The best way to learn even more is to book your English course and live in the city and experience it yourself. If you make the great decision to learn english in the capital city, London, then make sure to check out what Londinium School of English has to offer. 

The school teaches using the effective Callan Method, which is a fast and effective system focused on speaking the language.

Schools in over 30 different countries use the Callan Method, and it has helped well over a million people around the world to communicate in English effectively and confidently.

A course with Londinium will help your English and allow you to experience everything the city of London has to offer as the school is located on Baker Street in Marylebone (home of Sherlock Holmes).

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