• Ronit Tal Shaltiel

20 interesting facts about England.

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

1. Before settling in on the name ‘London’, it had a series of names – Londonium, Ludenwic, and Lunenburg!

2. London is the biggest city in Britain and in Europe.

3. The Queen lives in Buckingham Palace, although she has many other royal residences, the Queen still sometimes resides in Buckingham Palace. When she’s home, you can see her royal flag flying from the flagpole.

4. The city houses landmarks as old as the Westminster Abbey to something as young as the London Eye. Some of the usually visited spots include Buckingham Palace, Regent's Park, Tower of London, and Big Ben.

5. Queen Elizabeth the second may be the head of state, but she needs permission from the Lord Mayor to enter the city of London. 6. The Beatles recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd worked on 'The Wall' at Britannia Row Studios, and Jimi Hendrix lived in an apartment next to where German composer George Frideric Handel stayed 200 years previous.

7. The Romans were the first to make London their home.

8. Big Ben is not the tower, it is the bell inside it.

9. Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

10. Wales is the land of the legendary King Arthur.

11. At 2.9 million acres, Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK.

12. The Yorkshire Dales is home to Britain's highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, serving real ale at a heady .1,732 feet above sea level.

13. Stonehenge - The stones are situated in Wiltshire, England, roughly 2 miles (3 km) west of the town of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of the cathedral city of Salisbury. There are more than 900 other stone circles in the British Isles, but Stonehenge is the most famous of them.

14. Around 180 generations have passed since the stones were erected at Stonehenge.

15. When Queen Victoria came to stay at Waddesdon Manor, as is a tradition with special guests, she planted a tree in the gardens.

16. English people consume more tea per head than anybody else in the world.

17. There are more chickens than people in England.

18. Windsor Castle is the oldest royal home in the world that is still being used by the royal family. 19. The “London Bridge is Falling Down” nursery rhyme may be over 1000 years old. It may also point to the many fires and collapses the bridge was prone to over the centuries.

20. Boxing Day in England is not just a bank holiday. It is the day you share Christmas leftovers with friends and neighbors.

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