Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published October 30th 2014
Did You Know Yates Lived in Bloomsbury?
Busy Londoners rarely have the time to admire the sights around them on the commute to work or that important appointment. We are so familiar with them that we walk past our iconic landmarks without much notice, taking them for granted. But do we really know as much about them as we think we do? The City of Westminster is one of the most grand and fascinating boroughs in the centre of the capital, and through its long history has accumulated lots of quirky facts and anecdotes. Here are ten pieces of trivia you may not know.
1. So whose smart idea was it to build an arch on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road? Marble Arch may look magnificent, but what exactly is its point, its reason for being?
Marble Arch was designed by the architect, John Nash, in 1827. It was originally meant to be the entrance to Buckingham Palace, but never used. In the 1960s it was moved to its current location after Park Lane was widened.
2. The Houses of Parliament has over eleven hundred rooms and a hundred staircases. It also has nineteen bars an restaurants, which are down a corridor strategically placed beneath St. Stephen of Scotland.