10 Questions about the City of London

10 Great Questions about the City of London

The answers are below each question.

1. Is there a difference between “London” and “The City of London”?

a. Yes

b. No

The correct answer is: a. Yes

In fact, “The City of London” is a city and county within London.

2. Who is the architect of St.Paul’s Cathedral, dating from the late 17th century?

a. John Nash

b. Sir Cristopher Wren

c. Joseph Paxton

d. Aston Webb

The correct answer is: b. Sir Cristopher Wren

3. Which building is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London?

a. The Gibson Hall

b. Guildhall

c. Mansion House

d. Old Billingsgate

The correct answer is: c. Mansion House

4. The City of London is also known as?

a. The Imperial City of London

b. Square Mile

c. Crown City

d. The Bank

The correct answer is: b. Square Mile

5. Which of the following buildings is in the City of London?

a. One Canada Square

b. The Leadenhall Building

c. The British Museum

d. The Shard

The correct answer is: b. The Leadenhall Building

6. What is the motto of the City of London, written on its Coat of Arms?

a. Power. Glory. Prosperity

b. Miserando Atque Eligendo

c. Domine Dirige Nos

d. Novus Ordo Seclorum

The correct answer is: c. Domine Dirige Nos, which translates as “Lord, direct (guide) us

7. What is the formal name of The Gherkin?

a. St Ethelburga’s Centre

b. Lloyd’s of London

c. 20 Fenchurch Street

d. 30 St Mary Axe

The correct answer is: d. 30 St Mary Axe

8. When and Where did the Great Fire of London start?

a. at a bakery on Pudding Lane a little after midnight on 2nd of September 1666

b. at St Andrew Undershaft at 09:55 AM on 31st of December 1777

c. at Church of St Alban a little after midnight on 5th of May 1555

d. at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, exactly at 00:00 on 1st of January 1700

The correct answer is: a. at a bakery on Pudding Lane a little after midnight on 2nd of September 1666

9. Which of the following stations are located in the City of London?

a. Bank, Monument, Liverpool Street

b. London Bridge, Borough, Waterloo

c. Holborn, Covent Garden, Embankment

d. Victoria, Green Park, Pimlico

The correct answer is: a. Bank, Monument, Liverpool Street

10. Beneath the present City of London lies the ancient Roman city of?

a. Calcaria

b. Londinium

c. Lindinis

d. Durolipons

The correct answer is: b. Londinium

10 Facts about the City of London

Did you know?

  • The Bank of England is the second oldest central bank in the world, after the Sveriges Riksbank, and the world’s 8th oldest bank. It is located in the City of London and was established in 1694.

  • St Paul’s Cathedral is unusual among cathedrals, because of its crypt, which is the largest in Europe, built under the entire building rather than just under the eastern end.

  • Although being geographically part of London, the City of London has its own flag, police, coat of arms, laws and even its own Mayor, knows as the Lord Mayor.

  • Guildhall is the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London. During the Roman period, it was the site of an amphitheatre, the largest in Britannia.

  • There is a Dragon statue on the Temple Bar monument, which marks the boundary between the City of London and City of Westminster.

  • The Great Fire of London destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants were left homeless.

  • Over 500 banks have offices in the City of London, and the City is an established leader in trading in Eurobonds, foreign exchange, energy futures and global insurance.

  • There are several skyscrapers in the City of London and the most famous are: Leadenhall Building, Heron Tower, Tower 42, Lloyd’s building, 30 St Mary Axe, Broadgate Tower, 20 Fenchurch Street, CityPoint, Willis Building

  • Founded in 675, All Hallows-by-the-Tower is one of the oldest churches in London, and contains inside a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon arch with recycled Roman tiles, the oldest surviving piece of church fabric in the city.

  • The Temple Church is a late 12th-century church in the City of London, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. During the reign of King John it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templars as proto-international bankers.

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10 Questions about Westminster

10 "Not so hard" Questions about Westminster

The answers are below each question.

1. What is the formal name of Westminster Abbey?

a. Benedictine Abbey

b. St.Paul’s Cathedral

c. Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster

d. St Mary Abbots Church

The correct answer is: c. Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster

2. What is the official name of Big Ben?

a. The British Tower

b. May’s Tower

c. Victoria Tower

d. Elizabeth Tower

The correct answer is: d. Elizabeth Tower

3. Whose statue stands on a granite pedestal in Old Palace Yard outside the Palace of Westminster?

a. King Henry VIII

b. King Richard I the Lionheart

c. William the Conqueror

d. King Edward III

The correct answer is: b. King Richard I the Lionheart

4. What is the name of the road between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square via Admiralty Arch?

a. Whitehall

b. Birdcage Walk

c. Horse Guards Road

d. The Mall

The correct answer is: d. The Mall

5. On which square in Westminster stands the statues of Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi?

a. Parliament Square

b. Trafalgar Square

c. Golden Square

d. Leicester Square

The correct answer is: a. Parliament Square

6. Which building in Westminster was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria?

a. Her Majesty’s Treasury (HM Treasury)

b. Admiralty Arch

c. St.James’s Palace

d. Clarence House

The correct answer is: b. Admiralty Arch

7. Whose figure is standing on the top of 169ft (52m) tall column, located on the Trafalgar Square?

a. Admiral Horatio Nelson

b. Winston Churchill

c. Robert Walpole

d. Oliver Cromwell

The correct answer is: a. Admiral Horatio Nelson

8. Palace of Westminster is commonly known as?

a. Westminster Abbey

b. Houses of Parliament

c. Horse Guards Parade

d. County Hall

The correct answer is: b. Houses of Parliament

9. Who was the first monarch to reside at Buckingham Palace?

a. Queen Elizabeth I

b. King George I

c. Queen Victoria

d. Queen Elizabeth II

The correct answer is: c. Queen Victoria

10. Which is the only remaining part of Whitehall Palace?

a. Foreign & Commonwealth Office

b. St Margaret’s Church

c. Central Hall Westminster

d. Banqueting House

The correct answer is: d. Banqueting House

10 Facts about Westminster

Did you know?

  • Since 1066 the coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in Westminster Abbey.

  • The clock and dials of Big Ben were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass

  • The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It contains over 1,100 rooms

  • Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September

  • Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall’s tiltyard, where tournaments (including jousting) were held in the time of Henry VIII.

  • Although no longer the principal residence of the monarch, St.James’s Palace is the ceremonial meeting place of the Accession Council and the London residence of several members of the royal family.

  • Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland.

  • Henry III rebuilt Westminster Abbey in honour of the Royal Saint Edward the Confessor whose relics were placed in a shrine in the sanctuary and now lie in a burial vault beneath the 1268 Cosmati mosaic pavement, in front of the High Altar.

  • In 1834, great fire ravaged the Houses of Parliament, and the only significant medieval structures to survive were Westminster Hall, the Cloisters of St Stephen’s, the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, and the Jewel Tower.

  • There is a small protrusion the size and shape of a human nose on the inside wall of the northernmost part of the Admiralty Arch. It was placed there by artist Rick Buckley in 1997 as part of a campaign against the “Big Brother” society.

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Still Water is a remarkable 10m/33ft bronze sculpture of a horse’s head, located at Marble Arch in London. This unique piece of art is created by Nic Fiddian-Green in 2011.