1. London is the first city in the world to have an underground subway system

2. There are more languages spoken in London than any other country (about 270)

3. If London was a country it would be the eighth largest in Europe

4. London has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg in the past

5. Big Ben is not the name of the clock or tower but the 13-ton bell inside the clock. The tower is called St Stephens Tower

6. The world’s first traffic light was installed near Westminster Palace in 1868 (at the junction of Great George St & Bridge St)

7. Angel Tube station has Western Europe’s longest escalator with 318 steps

8. London Eye is the tallest ferris wheel in Europe

9. Ho Chi Minh washed dishes in a West Ealing hotel it was around this time that he became interested in politics

10. It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge

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