London Trivia: Wobbly bridge

On 10 June 2000 the Millennium Bridge opened, hundreds wanted to be the first to use the new pedestrian only bridge and got a fright as it began to wobble alarmingly. It subsequently was closed for two years enabling the enginers to solve the problem by installing ‘dampers’. In spite of the successful fix of the problem, the affectionate ‘wobbly bridge’ epithet remains in common usage among Londoners.

On 10 June 1845 New Oxvord Street was officially opened, with the demolition of the infamous St. Giles Rookery regarded as the poorest area of London

In June 1982 Italian banker Roberto Calvi was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge, his clothes weighed down with stones

According to a 2013 report London is the world’s 3rd greenest city behind Singapore and Sydney: 122 heaths; 600 parks; 1,500 laying fields; and 125 recreation grounds

There’s a mosquito named the London Underground mosquito found in tunnels notable for stinging Londoners sleeping there during the Blitz

In June 1815 Major Henry Percy interrupted a ball at 16 St James Square to announce that 3days earlier we had defeated the French at Waterloo

Much of James Cameron’s Alien was filmed in a disuded power station in Acton, and not in outer space as some might have thought

For those visiting Hamley’s toy store today, it was founded by Cornishman William Hamley in 1760, first named Noah’s Ark and sited in Holborn

Tennis legend Fred Perry is commemorated by two plaques in Ealing, his ashes are buried near his statute at Wimbledon

The total number of passengers carried during 2013/14 was 1.265 billion – making it the world’s 11th busiest metro

Bermondsey’s Tanner Street and Morocco Street and Old Leathermarket are reminders of when the leather industry was based there

In June 1871 two giants got married: Anna Swan (7′ 5.5″) married Martin Van Buren Bates (7′ 2.5″) at St Martins in the Field Church

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