1. The smallest house in London is  barely 3.5 feet wide, barely a metre. It is now part of Tyburn Convent in Hyde Park Place at Marble Arch.

 

  1. The clock that sits at the entrance to the Horse Guards Parade at Buckingham Palace has a black mark by the II to commemorate the time that King Charles I, was executed in 1649.

 

  1. The clock that sits at the entrance to the Horse Guards Parade at Buckingham Palace has a black mark by the II to commemorate the time that King Charles I, was executed in 1649.

 

  1. There is only one place in London where cars are required to travel on the right-hand side of the road—Savoy Court in Strand. Initially, this allowed theatregoers to decamp from their carriages and go directly into the Savoy Theatre.

 

  1. The world’s first traffic light was put up outside the Houses of Parliament in 1868. It blew up the following year.

 

  1. Royal Navy ships entering the Port of London are still required by law to give a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower.

 

And 2 Bonus Facts!

 

  1. In 1251, Henry III was given a polar bear as a present from the King of Norway. He kept it in the Tower of London, attached to a long chain so it could swim in the Thames and catch fish.

 

  1. The Trafalgar Square statue of George Washington, whose great-grandfather immigrated to the US from England, is built on soil imported from the U.S. because Washington once claimed he would never again set foot on English soil.
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