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DISCOVER London

There are over 8.7 million people living in London and there are over 300 languages spoken which helps to make London the diverse and cultural melting pot that it is.

London Buses weren’t always red. The buses used to have different colours to signify the different routes. It wasn’t until 1907 when the London General Omnibus Company decided to paint all their buses red to stand out from their competition. London Buses have been red ever since.

London has 170 Museums… Don’t worry we don’t recommend going to all of them!

Until 1910 you could walk across the walkway at the top of Tower Bridge. It was shut “due to lack of use” but also allegedly because it had started to become popular with prostitutes.

Great Ormond Street Hospital, owns the copyright to Peter Pan and it receives royalties from all associated works and performances. The Author J.M. Barrie gifted the rights to the hospital in 1929 as he had no children himself.

THE NED HAS MANY SECRETS (YOU DIDN'T HEAR THEM FROM US!)

The Ned is a hotel & members’ club in the heart of the City of London. It has nine restaurants, indoor & rooftop pools, a gym, spa and hammam.

The building used to be Midlands Bank and the architectural masterpiece was left empty for over 80 years until it was converted in to a hotel by the creators of Soho House.

Many parts of the old bank remain intact such as the Vault in the basement which is now a 1920’s feel cocktail bar & lounge. You walk through a 2m, 25-tonne door which would’ve held over £300 million in cash.

The Hotel has taken great inspiration from the buildings old banking days with a classy and gentlemanly feel.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDES

DID YOU KNOW? HARRODS SOLD COCAINE UNTIL 1916​

Harrods is a luxury department store located in Knightsbridge. It is home to over 5,000 brands, where you can shop designer fashion and accessories, luxury beauty, fine jewellery and watches, food, furniture and much more.

Harrods is lit up by over 12,000 lights at night. These lights were switched off by Mohamed Al-Fayed, who was the owner of the store at the time, as a mark of respect to his son Dodi and Princess Diana who died in a car crash in Paris.

Once upon a time you could buy Pets from Harrods… The pet department first opened in 1917 and stocked some of the world’s most exotic animals such as alligators, lions & tigers. Fortunately, they stopped selling exotic animals in 1976 due to the UK’s Endangered Species Act.

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