Why London could win the Most Interesting City Award

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London –the world’s most visited city is also known for its youthful energy and glorious history. Even today the beautiful city has the most interesting tales to tell, which often goes unnoticed even by the most frequent travelers.

Check out some of the most interesting ones that you definitely would hate to miss out on!

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The popular London Underground signboard at Piccadilly (Left), The Facade at Leinster gardens with fake windows (top right), the tube line behind the facade at Leinster gardens (bottom right)

“you will still find the beautiful dummy houses at Leinster gardens with its fake windows. So beware, many have already been fooled into a scam involving an invitation to this fake house.”

The first underground railway ever built in the world is even today, the lifeline of Londoners. Interestingly, the Underground a.k.a ‘the Tube’ originally began with a plan of steam powered trains. It so happened that late in the 19th Century, the Tube needed to expand its line from Paddington to Bayswater. Upon realising that the steam outlet will only pollute the beauty of this high-class area, it was decided that a false facade will be built in place of the Leinster gardens 23 and 24 to cover up the railway. Even though the steam-powered railways were eventually replaced by electric railways, you will still find the beautiful dummy houses at Leinster gardens with its fake windows. So beware, many have already been fooled into a scam involving an invitation to this fake house.

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Brand new taxis parked on a street in London

What if we were to tell you that you can travel in a luxury car – owned by this planet’s number one transport services – with one of the most knowledgeable drivers in London?

“London Taxis charge one of the highest fares in the world”, a story that many of us have already heard. Let’s put it the other way round. What if we were to tell you that you can travel in a luxury car – owned by this planet’s number one transport services – with one of the most knowledgeable drivers in the city? Pretty much sums up a taxi ride in London. The Taxi industry in London is not only ranked number one in the world but is also run by Taxi drivers who probably know the London streets better than the google maps. Reason? A London Taxi driver’s license needs a person to pass the test called “The Knowledge”. To pass this test, you will be required to know 320 routes, 20,000 landmarks and 25,000 streets within a 6 miles radius of Charing Cross. Basically, if you are determined enough, it will take around 2-4 years to pass this test. So the next time you travel from a taxi cab you know that you are paying a person who deserves every penny of your pound!

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Europe’s tallest Ferris Wheel, the London Eye is described as the “world’s tallest (443 ft) cantilevered observation wheel” by its operators

The symbol of modern Britain, it became an iconic landmark popularly known as the “London Eye”. Incidentally, the millennium couldn’t completely keep the centuries-old belief out.

In the year 2000, London got its “Millennium Wheel” as a symbol of entering the new century. The symbol of modern Britain, it became an iconic landmark popularly known as the “London Eye”. Incidentally, even the modern millennium couldn’t keep a centuries-old belief out. Along with the Millennium wheel came the age-old superstition of the unlucky number “13”. Exactly why, the wheel has 33 capsules! Originally meant to represent the 32 boroughs (districts) of London with its 32 capsules – no capsule was marked as number 13, to avoid bad luck. This lead to an extra number ’33’ for the last capsule.  So while you are up enjoying the beautiful London view with the London Eye, don’t forget to notice the missing number 13!

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The iconic double-decker city bus on the streets of London
The iconic double-decker city bus on the streets of London

Most of you are already aware of the famous streets like the Abbey Road (of The Beatles Fame), Baker Street (of Sherlock Fame), King’s Road (The most expensive street) and Piccadilly (of Piccadilly Circus fame) to name a few. But that is definitely not all.

The London Streets are as famous as any other tourist spot in London. Most of you are already aware of the famous streets like the Abbey Road (of The Beatles Fame), Baker Street (of Sherlock Fame), King’s Road (The most expensive street) and Piccadilly (of Piccadilly Circus fame) to name a few. But that is definitely not all. London is equally famous for its unusual street names! So the next time you visit London, you could do a funny walk at the Quaggy Walk in Blackheath, then have a hearty laugh at Ha Ha Road in Greenwich, but don’t get cross if you don’t find a cow at the Cowcross street in Farringdon, instead you could just pretend you have a horse at the KnightRider street in…um…Sandwich.

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A diverse city of 300 languages, being in London is like being on a vintage luxury cruise liner. It’s up to you whether you would like to enjoy the vintage mysteries or luxuries. Maybe both? Share with us what you love the most about London in the comment box right below!

2 Replies to “Why London could win the Most Interesting City Award”

  1. Hi there … have been to this amazing city and your article is well-written and well researched but reveals just a few of the many stupendous locations in London. Please do write more about the other attractions here … thanks.

  2. Shruti Kulkarni says:

    @drtaher So glad to know you enjoyed the article! I agree, London’s list of amazing locations is super long. Will definitely be writing more about London soon 🙂 Meanwhile, would love to know about your favourite locations during your visit!

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