London being the capital city of England, stands on the River Thames and it has long been admired for the exquisite lavishness of Londoners and the long history that enriches city in the field of art, commerce, fashion, research, culture, tourism, and entertainment. Let’s discover some of the least known London facts for kids.
London Facts For Kids
According to a 2012-survey, there are 8,308,369 residents in London.
London is also the world’s leading financial sector and is the most-visited city as it is also accompanied by the world’s largest airport system assessed by the passenger traffic.
The Heathrow airport is the world’s busiest airport in the world.
Unlike any other city in the world, London is the only city which hosts modern Summer Olympic Games three times.
The Mayor of London and the London Assembly governs the city.
It is the most populous city in the European Union with the population estimating at 21 million.
London was honored to have the world’s renowned poet and dramatist of all-time, William Shakespeare, who, along with his contemporaries, had lived in London in the early 16th century.
London was deemed to be the world’s largest city in the world from 1831 to 1925.
It is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
The double-decker is an iconic symbol of this city.
The annual rainfall in London is measured around 23 inches.
Some of the prominent newspapers are The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and the Guardian.
London Underground Railway System
The london underground is unquestionably the oldest railway system in the world, with the Metropolitan Railway being the oldest while Jubilee Lines (emerged in 1979) the youngest. The busiest railway system is the Northern Line, with 207 million passengers being carried by it each year. Another busiest station which serves over 77 million passengers annually is the Kings Cross St Pancras. The London underground is accredited to Charles Yerkes, an American entrepreneur, who did most of to bring about this system; but he was also involved in fraudulent acts and was died in debt.
Metropolitan Railway Facts
The Metropolitan Railway was emerged on 9th January 1863.
Before the introduction of Metropolitan Railway, there was no concept of underground railway system.
It serves Londoners from Bishop’s Road, Farringdon to Paddington Street, in the heart of the city.
It brings about more than 50 million passengers each year.
The railway ran 42 miles of track and serves 34 stations on its way.
The longest distance between stations runs from Chesham to Chalfont & Latimer, estimating 3.9 miles.
Sir John Fowler was the Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Railway system.
Cultural Facts | London Facts For Kids
London hosts top ten galleries and museums in the world with more than 850 art galleries all throughout the city.
You may also find four UNESCO world heritage sites;
- Westminster Palace
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich
- Saint Margaret’s Church
London also embraces diverse cultural languages and it is believed to have vast number of languages than any other city in the world.
The city also holds more than 17,000 top-notch music performances in just 300 venues.
In the UK visual arts sector, the performance of London stands prominent making it worth-noting as it covers 30% of the global art market.
Surely, there is no denying fact that London has always been the hub of major Hollywood films, ranging from famous Harry Potter to the Notting Hill; currently hosting the world’s third busiest film production center embracing more than 14,000 shooting days in 2011.
While London dominates the other parts of the city by hosting almost 800 cinema screens which is a great achievement, it also insists on presenting one-fifth of the whole UK’s cinema’s screen.