London trivia — 29 July 2018

On 29 July 1981 Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 600,000 filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple, while the televised nuptials reached an estimated global audience of 750 million, making it the most popular programme ever broadcast. Brian Johnston commentated: “Here they come, down the pavilion st- . . . the cathedral steps.” The UK had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding.

On 29 July 1972 Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after getting off a bus in Downing Street accompanied by 4 naked women

The original medieval London Bridge in use for more than 600 years featured heads of criminals displayed on spikes for more than half of that time

The Metropolitan Police’s iconic revolving sign ‘New Scotland Yard’ once on Broadway performed over 14,000 revolutions every day

Kenneth Grahame author of The Wind in The Willows and secretary of the Bank of England was shot at in the bank by a deranged George Robinson

Big Ben is the bell, not the clock tower, now renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen. Its chime is in the key of E

Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine once shared a small flat at 13 Linden Gardens, Notting Hill

French Ordinary Court EC3 takes it’s name from a fixed price menu or as Samuel Pepys called it a French Ordinary

On 29 July 1948 King George VI opened the 14th modern Olympic games in London, the first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936

Only two Tube stations have all five vowels in their name: South Ealing and Mansion House and more than half of the London Underground network in fact runs above ground

Old Billingsgate Market was originally opened in 1016 selling food and wine, with fish becoming the sole trade later

Princess Diana’s first owned apartment was at Coleherne Court, Earls Court given to her as an 18th birthday present

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