May
18
2012
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What was there before London’s Olympic Park?

olympic siteThe London Olympics 2012 are about to begin. As you watch the opening ceremony and view the Olympic Park it will be hard to believe that this was once a landscape of marshland, and later an industrial site intersected by watercourses and railways which in recent decades had declined into an industrial wasteland. The 250 [&hel[more...]

Aug
08
2010
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What was the Gallery of Practical Science, or Adelaide Gallery, in London?

adelaide gallery of practical scienceThe Gallery of Practical Science opened in 1832 in London. Its aim was to inspire an enthusiasm for science, with plenty of working models of science and technology in action. Inventor Jacob Perkins was the driving force in forming a “Society for the Illustration and Encouragement of Practical Science” which ran the National Gallery of [&hel[more...]

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Jun
29
2010
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What is the origin of the “Tom and Jerry”?

tom-and-jerry-life-in-londonFor those who don’t know, a Tom and Jerry is a mixed drink, a variety of eggnog made with rum and a little brandy, usually served warm, popular at Christmas time. So why is it called a Tom and Jerry? It is a long story and has a long history. The drink was invented by [&hel[more...]

May
03
2010
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Whose statue has been missing since 1841 in London?

trafalgar-square-fourth-plinthWhen Trafalgar Square was laid out, it was planned to have four major statues at the corners, two equestrian statues and two standing figures. An equestrian statue of George IV was soon installed. He was not particularly respected, but the original idea for the square was his, and as the plan progressed, the square was [&hel[more...]

Feb
28
2010
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Which English novel has the most memorable opening and closing lines?

paris-londonOne could, of course, argue about which English novel has the most memorable opening and closing lines, but since the novel has sold more than 200 million copies and is the most printed original English book, it is safe to say that the greatest number of persons have had a chance to remember the lines: [&hel[more...]

Feb
26
2010
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What does the author of “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” have to do with the establishment of the London Police, or what is a “Bow Street Runner”?

henry-fieldingMany will remember that the hero of Henry Fielding's novel had a lively career that often ran afoul of the law. When the novel was published in 1749, Fielding was a magistrate in the Bow Street magistrates' office in London, also the site of the Bow Street Court. At the time, pursuit of criminals was [&hel[more...]

Feb
10
2010
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Can I walk under the River Thames?

Greenwich Foot Tunnel (photo by victoriapeckham CC-BY)The River Thames flows through London and there are two tunnels which you can walk through between the south and north banks. First, a little about the history of foot tunnels under the Thames. The first foot tunnel constructed under the Thames was the Thames Tunnel opened in 1843. Construction had started in 1825, but [&hel[more...]

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Oct
07
2009
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What does the Constable of the Tower of London do?

Tower of London: fortress, palace, prison, armoury, mint, and much more (Photo by by pikous CC-BY-2.0)google sniper A new Constable of the Tower of London is appointed today. But what exactly does the Constable do? The Tower of London was founded by William the Conqueror in the 1080s. The castle is strategically sited on the Thames on the eastern approach to London and near London Bridge, for centuries the lowest [&hel[more...]

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Mar
23
2009
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Who attended the 2009 London Summit?

Excel - venue of this year‘s G20 Summit. (photo by Herry Lawford CC-BY)On 2 April 2009, London was the venue for the meeting of the leaders of the G20 countries. The UK is 2009’s chair for the Group. G20 stands for Group of Twenty and is made up of countries with the world’s largest economies. Together the G20 countries represent 90% of global GNP (gross domestic product), [&hel[more...]

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Mar
21
2009
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Do I have ancestors with a criminal record?

Statue of Justice above the Old Bailey (photo by Rachel Scott Halls CC-BY)Family history researchers must be always ready to be shocked when they find a ‘skeleton in the cupboard’ while researching their family tree. Thieves, arsonists, bigamists and even murderers can be revealed. In the UK, types of records relating to their criminal past can be many and varied, and found in many different archives including [&hel[more...]

Mar
19
2009
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Why is Buckingham Palace missing on Google Street View?

Buckingham Palace: missing from Google Street View (photo by Sachin CC-BY)Google’s Street View was launched yesterday in the UK. Supplying 360 degree imagery of the streets and roads of London and 24 other cities from Aberdeen to Southampton, it follows on from successful launches in 9 other countries including United States, Japan, Australia and France. But when looking at the map of London, one area [&hel[more...]

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Mar
14
2009
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What checks are carried out on a London taxi driver?

Driver, take me to the Isle of Dogs (photo by Mark Kobayashi-Hillary CC-BY)The 2009 conviction of John Worboys, a London licensed hackney cab driver who was convicted of several sexual offences committed when he was plying his trade as a taxi driver, has obvious caused many people to worry about getting into a London black cab. It may be useful to look at what it takes to [&hel[more...]

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Mar
12
2009
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What is the London eye?

London Eye - courtesy Docklandsboy - CC-BYThe London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel) with a height of 443 ft, is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe. It is also the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The wheel was designed by architects David Marks, Julia Barfield, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Steve Chilton and Nic Bailey. There [&hel[more...]

Mar
12
2009
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What is London’s Tower Bridge?

Tower Bridge - courtesy Tigr - CC-BYThe Tower Bridge is one of the most famous London landmarks and is just over a hundred years old. The Tower Bridge with its twin drawbridges, or bascules, each weighing about 1,000 tons have been raised and lowered more then half a million times since it was built. Designed by Sir Horace Jones and engineered [&hel[more...]

Mar
11
2009
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What is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London?

St Pauls Cathedral - courtesy vic15 - CC-BYSt Paul’s Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral of London, and the seat of the Bishop of London.  It is also the largest Protestant cathedral in the world. The current St. Paul’s Cathedral, built between 1675 and 1710, is the fourth cathedral to occupy the site. The cathedral’s immediate predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire [&hel[more...]

Mar
11
2009
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What is London city profile?

Parliment At Night - courtesy Steve Weaver - CC-BYLondon is the capital of both England and the United Kingdom and is the country’s largest city. London was founded by the Romans in 43 AD as Londinium. London grew in both wealth and population during the Middle Ages. By 1100 its population was around 18,000. By 1300 it had grown to almost 100,000. London [&hel[more...]

Jan
26
2009
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What are the longest running plays and shows in London’s West End?

St Martin's Theatre (photo by Andyrob CC-By)London‘s West End theatres in 2008 recorded their highest number of attendances: 13,807,674. Some of these helped to keep The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie’s whodunit, as the longest running play. The Mousetrap has been running for 56 years! There has been over 23,000 performances. It has featured 382 actors and actresses, and the audience has consumed [&hel[more...]

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Jan
26
2009
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Are there any statues of famous Americans I can visit in London?

Martin Luther King above the doorway of Westminster Abbey (photo by Aschaf CC-BY)There are indeed. After all, there are many historical and cultural links between the two countries. Here are six of them which you can find while visiting London. Statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of Middlesex Guildhall, Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. This is a replica of the Lincoln Statue in Lincoln Park, [&hel[more...]

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Jan
15
2009
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Which museum opened its doors over 250 years ago?

British Museum (photo by moria CC-BY)The British Museum opened its doors over 250 years ago on the 15 January 1759 and is the first national museum. Established by Parliament six years earlier and prompted by the wish of Sir Hans Sloane to donate his collection of 71,000 objects to the nation, it now has over 7 million objects in its [&hel[more...]

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