The Legends of London

This is where it all began!

Daffodil for a Prince

A brand new sturdy variety of daffodil was unveiled at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show. This bright yellow and white ‘Georgie Boy’ has been named in honour of the young … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charterhouse Executions

For an audio version of this legend: Charterhouse Executions In 1534 Henry VIII passed the Act of Supremacy, giving him the position of supreme head of the Church of England. … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cheapside – The City Market

Cheapside has been the market and shopping centre of the City of London for centuries and was the main market place in the whole of London. The word ‘cheap’ comes … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Savoy Hotel

In 1899 The Savoy Hotel opened in London. It was the first hotel in Britain to have electric lights and a lift! Cesar Ritz (of the Ritz Hotel who was … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

Kingston Duckings

One of the last duckings ever recorded in Britain took place in the Thames, under the Kingston Bridge.  The bridge is the oldest bridge on the River after London Bridge. The condemned … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

London’s Name

1. King Lud was a shadowy figure in London history. He improved the palaces that were already established here by the legendary character of Brutus.  Lud called the settlement ‘Ludtown’, which … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Olympic Marathon

In 1908 the Summer Olympic Games were meant to take place in Rome, but the Italian government was experiencing some financial difficulties.  The Games were thus awarded to the city … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 2 Comments
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