1 – Covent Garden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
2 – Sir Christopher Wren’s first design proposal for St Paul’s Cathedral featured a 60 foot high stone pineapple atop the dome.
3 – A ghost station on the underground – Down Street – was used as a bunker by Winston Churchill during WW2, until the Cabinet War rooms were built.
4 – The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was Josef Jakobs, a German intelligence agent. He was shot by firing squad in 1941.
5 – Animals whose bones have been excavated in London: a crocodile in Islington, a hippo in Trafalgar Square, a wolf in Cheapside, and a mammoth in King’s Cross.
6 – Things left behind on the underground include: a samuri sword, a stuffed puffer fish, a human skull, and a coffin.
7 – In 1995 a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by five minutes.
8 – Sloane square station has a tunnel running overhead which carries the Westbourne, one of London’s lost rivers.
9 – Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
10 – The tube travels 43 million miles every 12 months. That’s almost halfway to the sun.