British royal family refused to flee London during the Blitz, instead choosing to endure the horrific bombings and support the common people during a time of crisis. The Buckingham Palace suffered 9 direct hits, and the royal family earned adoration and respect from across the country.
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A guy made a fictional restaurant the #1 restaurant in London by using trip advisor and fake reviews. He then set up tables in his yard and served microwaved food. The customers gave excellent feedback.
When Gordon Ramsay filmed one of his cooking shows in a prison, he challenged an inmate to an onion chopping competition. The inmate won. When he was released from prison, Ramsay hired him to work in one of his restaurants in London.
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A crowdfunding campaign raised over £20,000 (US$26,000) to replace all adverts in a London Underground station with pictures of cats.
Albert Gunton, a London city bus driver in 1952, found himself driving his route crossing Tower Bridge when the bridge began to rise to allow a ship to pass. He accelerated and jumped the gap and was awarded £10 for bravery.
London is home to more than 10,000 foxes and most residents like having them around.
During WWI, a Canadian soldier smuggled his bear ‘Winnipeg’ into Britain, and she later became an attraction at a London Zoo. A boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved ‘Winnie’ so much that he named his own teddy after her, inspiring his father to write stories about a silly old bear who loves honey.
The Great Smog of London in 1952 was caused by using coal as the main source of heat and was responsible for the deaths of around 12,000 individuals.
In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera (which killed tens of thousands) were spread by bad-smelling air, until a scientist named Jon Snow determined water was the culprit – he became known as the father of modern epidemiology.
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The longest known lightning bolt would have reached from Brussels to London.