After being denied permission to construct a new building on an empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. The council approved thinking it was a septic tank. The man bought a Russian T-34 tank as a gift for his son, parked it on the lot pointing the gun at the planning office.
Throughout South London, there are large sections of fence made out of WWII stretchers. These stretchers were used by civil authorities to transport the injured during the Blitz. They are what remain of the 600,000 built for the city during the war.
A London skyscraper melted several cars and started fires due to the intensity of the sun’s reflection on its south side. It had to be fitted with a permanent sunshade to prevent more incidents.
In Victorian London, mail was delivered to homes 12 times a day. “Return of post” was a commonly used phrase for requesting an immediate response to be mailed at the next scheduled delivery. It was quite common for people to complain if a letter didn’t arrive within a few hours.
London black cab drivers must first pass The Knowledge, a multi-sequence oral exam requiring memorization of all 25,000 street names, landmarks, and points-of-interest in a 6 mile radius from London center.
A “London Fog” was yellow smog so thick you couldn’t see the ground. These “pea soupers” often carried toxic chemicals and one in 1952 killed 4,000 people in five days. Due to the Clean Air Act the last London Fog was in 1962.
London is still paying rent to the Queen on a property leased in 1211 and the rent consists of 2 knives, 6 horseshoes and 61 nails.
Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye. In 4000 years it will be at the same angle as the tower in Pisa is now.
Rather than building up, millionaires in central London are building down, creating mega-basements. Nicknamed “iceberg homes” because there’s more square footage under the ground than above.
Mail was delivered 12 times a day in Victorian London, with immediate responses often expected, and people got upset if letters weren’t received within a couple of hours.