Going underground, going underground
London has a long and interesting history, and there are all sorts of stories youíll hear as you go around and look at all its attractions. However, thatís not all there is to London Ė it also has its more offbeat side, the kind of things you wouldnít really get to know unless you lived there. But itís your lucky day, because Iím going to give away a few of the secrets.
The most popular route on the tube for tourists is from Leicester Square to Covent Garden Ė two essential things to see, and youíve got to get between them somehow, right? What you might not have realised, however, is that the two stations are actually less than 300 metres apart Ė itís much quicker to just walk!
Another tube fact: Angel station actually has the longest escalators in Europe, with 318 stairs altogether. Go and have a look sometime Ė itís pretty scary to stand at the top and look down.
When you fly into London, the chances are that youíll come to either Heathrow or Gatwick airport. Here are two fun facts: Heathrow airport is the busiest multi-runway airport in the world, while Gatwick is the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Whichever you choose, youíre in for an interesting time.
Not impressed? How about this one: London has over 12,000 restaurants and 5,000 pubs. Thatís so many pubs that you could go in a drink in a different one every day for 14 years! If you ask around, youíll find that many of Londonís residents are, in fact, trying this out (nah, only kidding).
Finally, my favourite fact of all: in London Zoo, you can go into a giant monkey cage and actually meet some of the monkeys! I have never spoken to anyone who doesnít think thatís simply brilliant.
So you see, Londonís not all Beefeaters and Palace Guards Ė there are plenty of other things going on too.
About the Author: John Gibb is the owner of London guidance
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