London Trivia: A good night’s sleep

On 25 June 2005 at 1.30 am a passer by noticed something unusual on the top of a crane erected in Dulwich. The police and fire brigade were called and established the little bundle lying 130ft up in the air was, in fact, a 15-year-old girl who had slept walked from her home. The person who spotted her feared she was about to throw herself off but when a firefighter climbed the crane he found her curled up asleep on top of the concrete counterweight.

On 25 June 1953 John Christie was sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and then hiding her body under the floorboards of their Notting Hill home in London

Smoking was banned on the Underground as a result of the King’s Cross fire in November 1987 which killed 31 people. A discarded match was thought to be the cause of that inferno

There are plaques in London to stars of the Carry On films including Joan Sims in Kensington and Hattie Jacques in Earls Court

On 25 June 1750 William Green, a weaver, accidentally lost his balance at The Monument and fell to his death

During World War II Eastenders would dine on whale meat as it was one ‘meat’ that was in abundance and not rationed the same as beef

On 25 June 1891 Strand Magazine in Burleigh St. published the first Sherlock Holmes short story by Arthur Conan Doyle – A Scandal In Bohemia

It was on Jack Smith’s Berwick Street market stall that the first grapefruit was introduced to London and England in 1890

One of the levels in Tomb Raider 3 is set in the disused Aldwych tube station, featuring scenes of Lara Croft killing rats

It’s proximity to Smithfield Market was a determining factor as to why Farringdon was chosen as the eastern terminus of the first tube line

Edward Johnston designed the typeface for the London Underground in 1916. The font he came up with is still in use today it’s called Johnston Sans

The term Cockney comes from Middle English cockeney, meaning misshapen eggs and was used by country folk to deride those born in the City

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