Interesting facts

  • London is one of only two cities (Moscow being the other0 above the 50th parallel with a population of more than five million.
  • There is only a 21-mile (34-km) gap between England and France, and the countries are connected by the Channel Tunnel, which opened in 1994.
  • About 30% of today’s Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom.
  • Big Ben does not refer to the famous clock, but actually to the bell.
  • Nowhere in England is more than 75 miles (121 km) from the sea.
  • James Bond’s code “007” was inspired by the author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London.
  • More languages (300) are spoken in London than in any other country in the world.
  • Britain is the only country in the world which doesn’t have its name on its postage stamps.
  • J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is the first writer in the world to become a billionaire.

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