There are quite a few remarkable facts about London. The city of Big Ben is a huge metropolis, originally built and occupied by the Romans.
Because of its location at the Thames River, London was a hub for military forces, settlers, and purveyors of trade and commerce. Some people even have insisted the city is part of King Arthur’s stomping grounds.
There’s no evidence today of King Arthur in London, but there are plenty of other historical and notable places to visit, such as the Tower of London, Coca-Cola’s London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the Globe Theatre. No doubt, if you’ve been to London, you’ve gathered some interesting information about this city.
Here are seven things you didn’t know about London.
You won’t do much travelling on London’s “roads.”
The first road in London appeared in 1994, when Goswell Road became part of the city due to a change in city boundaries.
Of course, London has always had streets, lanes, walks, and ways – just no “roads.” That may be due in part to the thoroughfares in London being named before the sixteenth century; the word road, which referred to a “riding expedition” did not appear in English use until the 1590s.
There are plenty of unusual “non-roads” in London. For example, Knightrider Street was the path taken by the King’s knights as they rode out, and Pudding Lane was the origin of London’s Great Fire in 1666.
Birdcage Walk travels alongside the Royal Aviary. The aviary was built in the 1600s to house the hunting falcons and hawks. Until 1828, only royalty was permitted to travel along the royal aviary in carriages. Everyone else walked.
Houndsditch was exactly what the name implies – a ditch for dumping the city’s dead dogs. The city came along regularly to dispose of the animals. In a strange twist of fate, the animal rights activist and social reformer Jeremy Bentham was born on Houndsditch. A tour of public pathways in London is well worth the effort!