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  • 1st January 2014

Fact #37

London’s air is cleaner now than it has been since 1585?

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Fact #36

Transport For London did not decommission its last steam train until 1971?

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Fact #35

The first public toilet was built outside Bank in 1855 and charged 1d? This is where the phrase ‘spend-a-penny’ comes from.

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Fact #34

Lombard Street is the original ‘information super highway’? This is where Edward Lloyd kept his coffee shop and exchanged the first insurance policies with ship owners and eventually lead to Lloyds of London.

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Fact #33

Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, lived above Aldgate in 1370?

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Fact #32

One of the original wooden posts from the first ever London Bridge, built almost 2,000 years ago by the Romans, is still visible? Although, you will have to book a tour if you want to find out where it is!

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Fact #31

All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in London? Built in 675AD? The heart of Richard ‘The Lion Heart’ I is buried here.

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Fact #30

Theodore Roosevelt got married in Hanover Square?

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Fact #29

Big Ben took 20 days to cool down after it was cast?

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Fact #28

The most expensive rental property of all time was let in Mayfair for £40,000 per week?

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