London History and Facts
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The British Museum, which retraces the history of London from Prehistoric times to the present day, is the largest urban history museum in the world.
London's GDP is significantly larger than that of several European countries' inc. Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland.
The hottest recorded temperature in London was in August 2003 at Kew Gardens at 38.1 degrees Celsius.
London is the greenest city of its size in the world. Green space covers almost 40 per cent of greater London that's roughly 173 square km.
The Shard houses an enormous apartment that is 224m high, covers two floors and has a reported price tag of £50 million.
London's smallest house is three-and-ahalf-feet wide, and forms part of the Tyburn Convent in Hyde Park Place, It dates back to 1805. The tiny house was actually hit by a bomb in 1941, during World War II.
3.5 million passenger journeys are made every day on London's 'Tube' and there were more than 1 billion journeys in total in 2010.
London has four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace, Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens.
London's Tube is the oldest underground railway in the world. The Metropolitan Line - opened on 10 January 1863. The first stretch measured four miles and ran between Paddington and Farringdon.
London is Europe's largest city and the sixth richest in the world