Saint Paul's is the only domed cathedral in England, the tip of its dome standing 111 metres above the city streets. The famous Chelsea Buns originated at a Mr & Mrs Hand's Bun Shop in Jew's Row off Pimlico Road in the early 18th century. They were popular even among the aristocrats like King George II and III who popped in occasionally for buns and one Good Friday around 50,000 people queued up outside for a taste.
Founded in 1123, St. Bartholomew Hospital is the oldest hospital in London and the oldest hospital in Britain that still occupies its original site.
See London in a new light with Christopher Winn's treasure trove of a bookóI Never Knew That About London. In this book, Winn will take you through the various villages and districts of London, each steeped in rich history. Unearth the secrets of the mother of Parliament or see the home of Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Winn gives significant insight into the history of the most dynamic city of the world.
Beautiful illustrations by his artist wife Mai Osawa will keep you captivated throughout the journey. Filled with stories and snippets, the book captures the city's vibrant yet tumultuous past rather well. Unearth the various hidden gems scattered around the city or explore the finest houses in Charlton, walk through the largest meat market, Smithfield, or learn about the steeple that became the model for the traditional wedding cake.
A book which equally surprises and amuses you; London will never be the same again.
Also in the series: I Never Knew That About England and Ireland.