Did you know…

  • The Magna Carta was signed on an island in the river at Runnymede over 800 YEARS AGO
  • In 2015, The Queen became the longest-reigning monarch: she overtook Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years
  • Windsor Castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world, was built in the 11th century   
  • 22 tunnels go under the River Thames
  • London has more than 170 museums and over 850 art galleries
  • London has the greenest city of its size in the world. Hyde Park alone covers 350 acres in the middle of the city
  • London boasts the tallest isolated stone column in the world, Monument which stands at 202 Feet
  • Over 300 languages are spoken in London – more than any other city in the world.
  • Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms
  • It is law for Royal Navy ships which enter the Port of London to provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
  • 22 Executions have taken place inside the Tower Of London
  • Hampton Court was built 501 years ago
  • The Queen’s Guard has guarded the official royal residences in the United Kingdom since 1660
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