London is the capital of Great Britain. It is this phrase that has eaten into the heads of most of us, thanks to the school lessons of English. It is an amazing city with a rich history, one of the world’s centers. London with its attractions attracts tourists from all over the world.
Founded back in 43 AD, today it has grown to an eight millionth metropolis. This is a major center of political, economic and cultural life. The movement does not cease day or night. Unfortunately, not everyone can go there. And our ideas about London are based largely on myths.
Some of them are still present from school, others are vaccinated by unscrupulous journalists. They so want to distort facts to create a beautiful picture of a fairy-tale city. Debunking the most popular myths about London, we will.
There are fogs and rains in London.
We must live in this city for several years, so that the myth disappears by itself. Fogs are only a few days a year, no more than in other European cities. What was previously understood under the fog, was actually smog. The city was heated by coal, which led to the formation of a veil. As a result, in 1956, the British Parliament adopted a special resolution, according to which in large cities it was forbidden to heat coal. Industrial enterprises have gone beyond London, and the “fog” itself has gradually dissipated. Yes, and the rainy terrain can be argued. Here, even in September, the temperature can rise to 30 degrees Celsius. But in most cases, the umbrella still does not hurt, and rubber boots are popular summer shoes. A year in London, falls 590 millimeters of precipitation, while in Rome – 760, and in Milan in general 1000.
London is the capital of world fashion.
London really turns into an object of attention of the whole world fashion, but it only happens for one week and in one taken district. In the steel at the same time and in other places of the metropolis, you will not have much time to watch how the townspeople dress. It becomes clear that it’s not about the fashion and style you need to talk about, but about sanity. Although, perhaps this is some kind of elusive and incomprehensible to most people’s taste. However, gradually you get used to this style. Here at any time of year you can meet worn-out ugg boots, along with expensive business suits wear sneakers. Women do not really bother with makeup and hair. Accustomed to this way of life and being in the same Moscow, women begin to feel gray mouse.
All the British girls are like models.
Classic English-models are considered to be Twiggy and Kate Moss. Such a plan of a resident of London does exist, but it is not worthwhile to adjust all of them to a general type: huge eyes, protruding collarbones and thin legs. A typical inhabitant of London in size exceeds Kate Moss or Twiggy 3-4 times, but does not complex about it. The most popular size of clothes in London stores is our 46-48. So, London can be considered demotivating in terms of fitness city. Having felt excess weight, you just have to go out into the streets, look around and understand that everything is not so bad.
In London, everyone is very polite.
Classical English politeness exists, but it is quite different from what William Texturey sets out in his textbooks. Here it is customary to say “sorry” for any reason. It can touch and screaming at night music, and the sounds of repair in the morning, and the foot in the transport. At the same time, the most “sorry” is likely to have to be told to the victim.
London never sleeps at all.
Guys should not think that they can have fun all night long. London also must sleep. At 3 o’clock in the morning 90% of night clubs will be closed, and bars in the district will stop working even earlier. The same institutions that will be available, will be more likely to repel than to attract. It is worth preparing for the fact that even the main grocery stores will close after 20:00 on the weekend.Perhaps this allows the English to learn not to eat late at night?
London has its own unique accent.
Many of our young compatriots go to this city, including to learn true English. Indeed, where else would you hear him, if not in the capital of the country? It’s only in London that you can learn the Indian dialect faster than the classical British accent. And this is not because the varieties of language are so similar. Just in London it’s hard to find a British with the right accent. The city has long been a refuge for people of many nationalities.
In London, they always drink.
Once you get here, you begin to understand that it’s not the Russians who drink so much. Compared with the British, we just indulge in alcohol. The best way to understand this is by hitting the bar on Friday night. And on other days of the week there are not a lot of vacant places. And only on Sunday, Londoners allow themselves to rest. So the predilection of the townspeople for alcohol is not at all a myth.
London is an expensive city.
On the one hand, in different rankings, London is present in the top of the most expensive cities in the world, and on the other – there is always someone ahead. Meanwhile, the tourist quickly realizes that everything here is very, very expensive. Just a couple of stations will cost 2.5 pounds, depending on the distance the price may rise. The simplest man’s haircut will cost 12 pounds, while the hairdresser will not even sit with such a client. The average dinner at the restaurant will cost 30 pounds, and going to the cinema will cost 7-10 pounds. Are there cities more expensive than London? On the other hand, there are quite a few places that allow you to save money. You can not live in an expensive old inn, but in a hostel or hotels “Bed and Breakfast”, you can eat not in restaurants, but in fast food. And there are museums that you can visit for free: Tate Gallery, Historical Museum, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum. London is famous for parks where people like to walk around. They can also relax for free.
In London, a special kitchen.
Local cuisine is the same myth as the London model girls. Reality is very different from expectations. Nutrition in London is quite an amateur. Our compatriots find it difficult to agree with the stomachs on the menu theme in the style of fish & chips. For the Londoners in this tradition and history, and we see only a bunch of oil in the food.
In London, everyone eats only in the style of fish & chips.
It seems to us that without this dish, citizens can not live a day. And in search of the original local food is constantly bumping into him. But in recent years, many other restaurants of national cuisine have appeared in London: Asian, African, Latin American. Among the citizens themselves, the most popular is the Indian cuisine. It is best represented in the restaurant Zaika. Here the chicken in a curry sauce with tomato sauce, ginger and fenugreek leaves will cost about 20 pounds.
In London, everyone is constantly drinking tea.
Not only is London considered to be the tea capital, so here it seems, they drink some unusual tasty drink. In fact, in the metropolis is not particularly sophisticated with the preparation of tea – a bag much more practical than the ceremony of brewing. A bag will be served in most restaurants and cafes. Of course, the calculation does not take those places that just specialize in the preparation of special teas. But in general, you can brew tea at home. For the sake of justice it is worth noting that the same “Lipton”, offered in English stores, is very different from ours. Even the most popular sorts of tea should be brought from England as a gift.
The inhabitants of London are stiff people.
Such a myth is born, thanks to the classical books. It seems to us that gloomy people live here who strictly abide by the established rules. But stiffness has long been left in the books. Today, any lost in London people will certainly help, even postponing their business for this.Some Londoners even spend, if they are with you along the way.
In London, everyone lives by the rules.
Now there are fewer conventions, then the rules have become different. On the streets you can see how children are capricious, rolling on the ground, and adults will not pay attention to it. Even pedestrians ignore established norms, crossing the road as they please. But drivers take this into account and try to be careful. If they do not follow the rules, it will lead to chaos.
London is too noisy.
The city is definitely not called a quiet one. But the more you live here, the more you get used to filtering noise. Barking dog, the sound of a flying helicopter, music from an abandoned warehouse – all this becomes a background. And the silence itself, if she appeared suddenly in London, would be terrible.
London is not green enough.
But how much greenery should there be in a modern metropolis? In London, the largest green zone among major European cities. Public parks cover an area of 35,000 acres. This suggests that 40% of the city’s area is occupied by trees, grass and shrubs. In this regard, neither Paris, nor Rome and are not close by. Lawns are broken wherever possible, but it is not forbidden to walk on them. In summer, the City clerks prefer to eat their lunch not in the dining room, but lay down on the grass in front of the office. And in large parks there live even animals and birds, here you can find squirrels, pelicans, ducks, swans. And it does not enter anyone’s head to scare them.
In London, it takes a lot of time to spend underground.
The old unwritten city rule of London says that you can always get to your destination for a maximum of half an hour. On the one hand, this is a lot, on the other hand it is worth to imagine the size of the metropolis. There is also an alternative to underground travel – a two-hour bus ride, during which you can sleep or play on your mobile device.
The London schools are bad.
It is believed that the British themselves would like to teach their offspring not in urban schools, but in prestigious colleges outside the city. But recently the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that disadvantaged students in schools within the city are achieving better results than in other parts of the country. This can be due to a wide mix of cultures and traditions and a high quality of primary education.
In London, no one cares about you.
Is that bad? Not everyone wants their personal life to be the subject of discussion among their neighbors. We share our information, feelings and thoughts with those who really deserve it. If you want to speak out into the whole world, that is Twitter. London appreciates the right to privacy, it’s no coincidence that celebrities like it so much.
The famous tower of London is called Big Ben.
This tower of the Palace of Westminster is one of the most important landmarks of London, its symbol. It’s impossible to imagine a film about a city without Big Ben. These are the fourth largest chimes in the world and the third largest clock tower. That’s only officially Big Ben is not the name of the tower, but the big bell. It weighs more than 13 tons, at one time it took 18 hours to raise it to a height of 60 meters. For the first time he called in 1859, and two months later a crack appeared on the bell. Now she gives a special lingering sound. At the time of building the tower, Big Ben was its largest bell, but in 1881 he gave way to the honorary title of the Great Sex. And the building itself is officially called simply the Clock Tower.
Hitler looked after a building in London.
Any student at the University of London knows that the imposing building, which now houses the central library and administration, was intentionally overlooked by German bombers during the war years. It is said that Hitler wanted to place his bet there after the conquest of England. It is difficult to get into the head of the Fuhrer, but there is no evidence of this idea. And the accuracy of air strikes was unpredictable, most of the raids were carried out at night.Most likely, the Senate House survived accidentally.
The “Elephant and the Castle” square is named after the Castilian Infanta.
There is a legend that the name of the square actually appeared, thanks to the Castilian infant. In any case, these phrases are consonant. The story refers to the Spanish princesses, Eleanor of Castile and the daughter of Philip III of Mary. In fact, the term “Infanta” itself appeared in English only in 1600, and Maria had nothing to do with Castilia. And the name came from the former formerly an inn. Even Shakespeare mentioned him in “Twelfth Night”.
If the flag of the Union flutters above Buckingham Palace, then the queen is at home.
In fact, everything is exactly the opposite. The raised national flag says that there are no queen in the residence. Stig, which indicates the presence of the head of state in the palace, is quite different. It is called the Royal Standard, its colors – red, gold and blue, it also has elongated lions.
The Great Fire destroyed the Great Plague.
During the plague, London turned into a huge gray wasteland. The fire actually destroyed many slums, which spread the epidemic. After that, the number of flashes decreased markedly. But today it is generally accepted that the main epidemic of 1665 died down by itself until the outbreak of the summer of 1666.
On the lampposts of London are the logos of Coco Chanel.
Amazing tourists guide will certainly tell a romantic story. At one time Coco Chanel was in very close relationship with the Duke of Westminster. And supposedly in memory of this grateful man ordered to place on the lampposts the logo of his lover. In fact, it was established already in the 1950s, when romantic relationships had long since expired. And the crossed letters “SS” in fact mean “city council”.
The London subway is very dirty.
This myth is based on the analysis of material on the metro stations conducted by the local forensic department. It is reported that traces of feces, hair, vomiting of at least nine different people have been found. But do not rush to get scared. There really was not such a study. That’s just his absence does not make the metro clean.
If there is an announcement in the subway for Inspector Sands, it means a fire at the station.
In fact, this code phrase means the fire alarm. This important signal is for the staff to consider the incident. Most often, the alarm is false. So, hearing such an announcement, you should not rush from the station, pushing all elbows. If there is a real fire in the subway, an evacuation will be announced. No one will hide such important information.
Anywhere in London, 6 feet away from a person, there must be a rat.
Rats are truly ubiquitous creatures, but they are not ninjas at all. There are many places in the city where there are not exactly rats within a radius of two meters. The BBC program, dedicated to these animals, found that, on average, a resident of London to rat is a distance of 164 feet.
In London, a paradise for dogs.
It seems that in the modern city all conditions for the maintenance of animals, their control and care for them have been created. But there are very few dogs in London, much less than in Moscow. And there are no stray dogs here. But it seemed that every London family has its own dog. You can walk through the city for a week and meet only a few dogs in the parks. But there on the alleys every 20 meters there are strange boxes, similar to postal ones. They are equipped with disposable sovochkami, for the assembly of canine excrement. In London, dogs are not allowed to chase birds and cats, their lives are strictly regulated. This is certainly not a paradise.
Traditions are honored everywhere in London.
It turns out that the English can completely ignore traditions even in the most important things. It’s a delicate matter that, at our post number 1, there should not be a change of guard of honor on time? In London, it can easily happen.Tourists who came to watch the change of Guards in high bear hats may not find them on the Parliament Square. Just an honor guard can be used elsewhere, at the reception of honorary guests.
In the center of London, permanent traffic jams.
About a decade ago, it was really so. And now the journey to the center for private vehicles became paid. On most streets, the movement was looped and made one-sided. If there were traffic jams in London, how would the famous double-decker buses unfold? The measures taken did not make the streets empty, the traffic here is still intense. But the rare traffic accidents that occur in the center are dealt with very quickly, without creating problems for other traffic participants. Here the questions are solved simply, because everything around is literally stuffed with police cameras. So that any incident is fixed immediately from several angles. Participants of the accident can only exchange contacts and meet with the police on video to determine the culprit. Thanks to the cameras in London, we managed to abandon living policemen. To an incorrectly parked car no one is suitable to issue a penalty, no one checks and receipts for payment of travel to the center. Cameras simply remove violators, and the computer is already sending out receipts.
In London, only English live.
Once it was really so, at the time of Conan Doyle. Now every second resident of the English capital is far from being Anglo-Saxon. And this is noticeable at least externally. In the center of London there are Arab streets, where there are many national shops and cafes. Just once the English crown, feeling its guilt before the former colonies, gave the right to their residents to freely come to the metropolis and obtain a residence permit. New citizens were provided with education and medical services. As a result, a real flow of Asians and Africans flowed into London. The British, on the one hand, received cheap labor, and on the other hand, faced unprecedented problems. It is said that a quarter of a century ago in London they did not lock the cars at all. While the border was strict, there was practically no crime in London, but now the situation has become worse.
In London on Baker Street, 221-B lived once Sherlock Holmes.
At this place is now an impromptu museum of the famous detective. It seems to us that there should be a large living room, as in the domestic film with Livanov and Solomin. In fact, the museum is two modest little rooms that have nothing to do with our imagination. In the center of the small living room there is an armchair, and on the walls hang photos of actors who embodied in the movie the immortal image of Sherlock Holmes. This place is very popular among tourists, but Sherlock Holmes himself never lived here, because it was a fictional character.