London, England. It’s one of the most well-known and popular cities in the Western World, and a popular destination for many tourists from different parts of the world. With its rich history and influence over different parts of the world throughout history, it’s also one of the more studied cities in both the Western World and the rest of the world. However, for those who haven’t had the chance to read too deeply into different aspects of London’s history, here are some unusual yet interesting fun facts that you can easily learn:
- The famed Jack the Ripper was never caught and jailed for his grisly crimes
- The Romans built the original London Bridge, which remained in use for 600 years
- The bridge that many confuse for the London Bridge is actually the Tower Bridge (also known as London’s iconic bridge)
- The last person to be executed in the Tower of London was Josef Jakobs (a German intelligence officer) in 1941
- The Rosetta Stone is housed in London’s British Museum
- Only 6 people died in the Great Fire of London, which destroyed roughly 4/5ths of London’s buildings in 1666 A.D.
- Part of the Tyburn River runs beneath the Buckingham Palace
- People could walk across part of the Tower Bridge up until 1910; the walkway was closed down because it had become popular with prostitutes
- Karl Marx wrote a draft of the Communist Manifesto in a room above the Red Lion pub
- Harrold’s – a department store in London – sold cocaine up until 1916
- There is a secret pet cemetery in Hyde Park
- There are over 300 languages spoken in London
- Wilton’s Music Hall is the oldest surviving music hall in the world – it was built in 1743!
- The Magna Carta is housed in London’s British Library
- The Romans built London roughly 2,000 years ago (Romans built the first semi-permanent settlement in 43 A.D. but constructed the first permanent settlement in 50 A.D. because the Celts burnt everything down the first time the city was built)
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.