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10 More Things You Didn't Know About London

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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
Published January 26th 2014
How's Your London Knowledge?
Eager for more London trivia? I teased you with ten tidbits yesterday, and now here are another ten to keep you going.

1. The last execution at the Tower of London took place in 1941. Jospef Jakobs, a German intelligent agent was shot by a firing squad.

2. An earthquake hit London in 1750, making house sink and fish jump out of the River Thames.

3. A production at the Sadler Wells Theatre had to be stopped in 1952 because smog crept into the auditorium.

mammoth, ripley believe it or not

4. Many animal bones have been dug up around London, including a crocodile in Islington, hippo in Trafalgar Square, wolf in Cheapside, and mammoth at King's Cross.

5. Heathrow Airport is named after the hamlet sit it was built on, called Heath Row.

london olympics, museum of london

6. Games held at the 1908 London Olympics included rugby, standing jumps, and tug of war.

7. Battle scenes from Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam film, Full Metal Jacket were filmed at Becton Gas Works.

8. A lot of James Cameron's Aliens film was shot at Acton's disused power station.

9. In the 1950s, Winston Churchill's phone number could be found in the phone book.

10. At the junction between Marble Arch and Edgware Road is a plaque commemorating the Tyburn Tree, where fifty thousand executions took place.
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