These days, it's possible to instantly conjure up the answer to almost any question in the world out of thin air. Within a few nifty taps on our phone screens, a fountain of knowledge is ours, thanks to Google. Sure, it might mean that pub quizzes aren’t what they used to be, but it also gives us an entertaining insight into exactly what pressing queries you lot have about the capital, thanks to Google autocomplete. We’ve delved into the most commonly asked questions about London, and tapped up the experts to answer as many as possible. Read on and discover the things about London you never knew you wanted to know.
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Most Googled questions about London
There's a lot in a name…
Here’s the extraordinary thing: no one really knows for sure how they got here.
The good news is that the internet is full of suggestions.
It's more complicated than you think.
Can you bear to learn the truth?
That's a lot of candles to squeeze onto a Colin the Caterpillar cake.
So many boozers, so little time…
More than three centuries later, we’re still hot for the story.
And why must they all board the Central line at rush hour?!
No really. Why does it make that noise?
There’s nary a London high street without a branch.
Do we really need six of them?
We picked up the ol' dog 'n' bone and found out…
It turns out futuristic tech has its drawbacks.
Why don't we just break away and form a kind of Vatican-on-Thames?
It kind of kind of puts today’s chlamydia outbreak into perspective…
There's no business like show business.
Don’t even think about going underground this time of year without a bottle of water.
What the hell is all that fare money being spent on?
Is it time to start stockpiling dinghies and flare guns?
Only a fool stands in the path of a power-walker.
It turns out the origin is quite surprising.
They're not just here for the pretty outfits.
The nickname has a filthy history.
It's not just Scandi generosity: there’s a pretty dramatic backstory.