London Trivia: Hurricane hits London

On 16 October 1987 hurricane winds of up to 100mph hit Britain. In the Borough of Ealing alone, 600 calls came from people whose homes and cars had been struck by falling trees and debris.

On 16 October 1958 the first episode of the children’s TV show Blue Peter was broadcast from Broadcasting House

During the 1860s, London’s most notorious prison, Newgate, became a kind of theatre, visitors could tour the prison being briefly locked in a windowless cell was one of the highlights

On Blackfriars Bridge the side facing out to sea is decorated with marine birds, the inland side is adorned with freshwater birds

St Thomas Hospital once had 7 buildings for each day of the week so staff knew which day patients had been admitted – only 2 remain

The City of London has never been under the authority of the monarch. The Queen may only enter the Square Mile of the City if she is given permission by the Lord Mayor

The bronze statue of Peter Pan was erected in Kensington Gardens in 1912. It marks the spot where J M Barrie first met Jack Llewellyn Davies, the boy who was the inspiration for Peter

By 1870 there were 20,000 public houses and beer shops in London, today according to the Campaign for Real Ale at least 10 are closing every week

The Oval held a particular attraction for the United States billionaire philanthropist, J. Paul Getty II, who built a replica of the ground at his estate at Wormsley Park in Buckinghamshire

London Heathrow Airport is the world’s busiest airports by international passenger traffic, and the third for total traffic

Over 800 members of staff are based at Buckingham Palace, some of the more unusual jobs include fendersmith, clockmaker and flagman

South Kensington is still sometimes referred to as ‘Little Paris’ the area is not only known for its Francophile bookshops but also its French doctors and dentists

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5 thoughts on “London Trivia: Hurricane hits London”

  1. When I was studying French at school, we would often be taken to the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni in SW7. They had a small cinema that showed French films with no subtitles so we could learn more of the everyday language.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. I went to Walworth Comprehensive School in Mina Road, S.E.17. It was considered to be a very progressive school in the 1960s. I was keen to go there, and turned down a scholarship to Alleyn’s in Dulwich. Walworth was my first choice.


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