London by numbers

1Taxi exam

The Knowledge

2National nature reserves

Richmond Park and Ruislip Woods

3Black investment bankers

Last July the Financial Times reported that only 3 out of more than 650 senior investment bankers in London were black

4Aircraft holding stacks

Bovingdon, Biggin Hill, Lambourne, Ockham

5Michelin 3-star restaurants

Core by Clare Smyth, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, The Lecture Room and Library at Sketch, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

6Ferries across the Thames

Woolwich, Canary Wharf-Rotherhithe, Hammerton’s Ferry, Hampton Ferry, Shepperton-Weybridge, Hammersmith (proposed)

7July 2005

Known as 7/7, four Muslim extremists attacked London on this day starting at 8.50, within an hour the explosions had left 52 innocent people dead and over 700 injured

8Royal Palaces

Buckingham, Hampton Court, Kensington, Kew, Lambeth, Palace of Westminster, St. James’s, Windsor

9The number of days Lady Jane Grey was Queen

The luckless monarch managed just nine days before she was charged with high treason, on 12th February 1554, Lady Jane was beheaded, along with her husband, at Tower Green. She was 16 years old



St. Paul’s, Southwark, St George’s, Westminster, Orthodox Cathedrals: Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Georgian Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox


1Underground lines

Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Waterloo & City


2Buildings over 200m

The Shard, 22 Bishopsgate, One Canada Square, Landmark Pinnacle, Heron Tower, 122 Leadenhall Street, Newfoundland, Crystal Palace Transmitter, South Quay Plaza 1, One Park Drive, 8 Canada Square, 25 Canada Square


3The number of people NOT allowed to dine at the Savoy

Superstition at The Savoy Hotel has it that 13 diners are unlucky. If your companions make up that unlucky number a 1920s three-foot-high black wooden cat is introduced to a 14th chair, a napkin is placed around his neck and he is served with each course by a diligent waiter


4Railway terminus stations

Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Euston, Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo, Marylebone, Moorgate and St Pancras



Fifteen Restaurant in Westland Place opened in November 2002, inspired by Jamie Oliver, a social enterprise providing young people with the opportunity to have a career in catering. It closed in May 2019 after training 15 young people a year at £40,000 each


6City farms

Mudchute, Vauxhall, Surrey Docks, Hackney, Spitalfields, Deen, Stepney, Newham, Freightliners, Brooks, Kentish, Forty Hall, Crystal Palace, Hounslow, Lee Valley, Belmont Children’s Farm


7The number of mosaic murals at the entrance and tunnel to Leytonstone tube station depicting Alfred Hitchcock

Installed to commemorate the centenary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth, the designs capture the star or the feel of the film, from Psycho to Catch a Thief. In a strange coincidence, one of them is for an Alfred Hitchcock film titled Number 17


8Blends of tea at the Ritz

The Ritz is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source the 18 different types of loose-leaf tea to choose from at their famous Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court


9The highest number of buses you can catch from a single stop

Stop K on Hounslow High Street, go there and try catching every bus in order, then return home and think about what you’re achieving with your life


0Minutes equivalent on the Northern Line to smoking a cigarette

According to a 2002 study air quality on the Underground was 73 times worse than at street level, with 20 minutes on the Northern Line having the same effect as smoking a cigarette

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