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The London Underground
1. By what name is the Underground colloquially known?
2. According to Transport for London figures, what is the busiest station?
3. Which station, closed in 1994, is now used for media purposes such as film shoots?
4. What is the shortest line on the network?
5. Which London airport is the only one served by the London Underground?
Buildings & Architecture
1. Which cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren and has an Underground station named for it?
2. By what name is the skyscraper '30 St. Mary Axe' better known?
3. What is the name of the tallest building in London, which opened in July 2012?
4. What is the name of the council that sits in City Hall, headed by the Mayor?
5. What is the name of the largest shopping centre (mall) found within Greater London, situated at Shepherd's Bush?
1. Who is the current sitting Mayor of London?
2. Which former Olympic champion headed London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games?
3. Who usually lives at 11 Downing Street?
4. Which football (soccer) player was born in Leytonstone, at the north-eastern edge of Greater London?
5. Which member of Irish band U2 was actually born in Barking, an eastern suburb of London?
In Popular Culture
1. Which trendy area of West London was the setting, and title, of a rom-com starring Julia Roberts in 1999?
2. Which famous literary detective lived at 221B Baker Street, London?
3. In which year was the video game 'Grand Theft Auto: London' set?
4. Which US sitcom set their fourth series finale in London and featured a cameo from Sarah 'Fergie' Ferguson?
5. Which river crossing is 'falling down' in a popular nursery rhyme?
1. Where in London is the All England Club, home to a major annual tennis tournament?
2. What starts at Blackheath and finishes in The Mall, adjacent to St James' Palace?
3. Which area of London is the site of the Olympic Stadium?
4. The Boat Race, held on the River Thames between Putney and Chiswick Bridges, is contested by which two Universities?
5. Which south-western suburb of London is the site of, and gives its name to, the English national rugby union stadium?
1. Which English king ordered the construction of the Tower of London in 1078?
2. What was London known as while under the rule of the Roman Empire?
3. What started in a bakery on Pudding Lane on September 2 1666?
4. In 1981, the London embassy of which Middle Eastern country was at the centre of a hostage crisis, eventually ended by the SAS?
5. Which English queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey on January 15th 1559?
1. Which London venue has hosted tribute concerts for Nelson Mandela, Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana?
2. Which punk band released a single and album titled 'London Calling'?
3. Which Kinks song details a romance at an Underground station and a bridge with the same name?
4. Which three-letter abbreviation, the title of a song by Lily Allen, is common shorthand for London?
5. As part of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, which guitarist played 'God Save The Queen' atop Buckingham Palace?
1. What is the actual name of the building commonly referred to as the Houses of Parliament?
2. Which London Underground line has the most stations?
3. Who are the only two current Premier League clubs based in London to have never won the FA Cup? (Name one)
4. Which tourist spot in London is known for shopping and for its large electronic advertising boards?
5. What kind of mammal famously swam up the River Thames into central London in 2006?
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Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:28 GMT
Awesome quiz! My only suggestion would be to allow '1' as an alternative to 'I' in the two monarchs listed.
Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:40 GMT
Also, it doesn't accept 'Queen Elizabeth I'. Other than that, good quiz and well done on the most of the accepted variations.
Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:44 GMT
Great quiz... I would just accept St Paul instead of only St. Paul's Cathedral, since cathedral is already in the question.
Feb 26th, 2010 at 14:48 GMT
It accepts 'St Pauls', as that is the name of the cathedral and the station referenced in the question. I'll amend the monarchs as you've suggested. Glad everyone seems to be enjoying the quiz, and I hope you're learning a little something you didn't know before too! :D
Feb 26th, 2010 at 17:30 GMT
Brilliant. I learnt how to spell Gherkin!
Mar 21st, 2010 at 00:26 GMT
Great quiz, but 'coronated'? Crowned, surely!!
Mar 29th, 2010 at 16:19 GMT
Same thing! ;)
Jun 21st, 2012 at 14:14 GMT
'The Shard' is now the tallest building in London and in fact the EU.
Game published: Jul 26th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
Jul 26th, 2012 at 20:23 GMT
On the U2 question, you might accept the actual given name (David Evans) of the member instead of just his nickname.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 20:27 GMT
QPR have never won the FA cup, as well as Fulham.
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Jul 26th, 2012 at 20:30 GMT
St. Paul should be acceptable, as well as just Elizabeth.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 20:53 GMT
Okay, I've made a couple of changes. David Evans is now accepted as an answer for the U2 question, and Queens Park Rangers are now accepted (along with Fulham) for the Premier League question.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 21:16 GMT
I thought I knew all the underground lines - turns out I was wrong :(
Jul 26th, 2012 at 21:34 GMT
Actually the City of London was known as Londinium not London.
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Jul 26th, 2012 at 21:35 GMT
Jul 26th, 2012 at 21:54 GMT
Today (right now), 26.5% of people are aware of the shard and surprisngly only half aware of the gherkin. My bet is that these numbers would look a lot different in two weeks.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 22:16 GMT
William the Conqueror should be accepted for William I.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 22:24 GMT
A king or queen isn't "coronated" at a coronation; they are crowned.
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Jul 26th, 2012 at 22:52 GMT
Ah cmon DSNorth, give us bloody (can I write that?) Yanks a break: Westminster for Palace of Westminster, London Fire/Fire of London (over here Great means really, really good) and, yea, it's the gherkin but I was in a real pickle trying to get that one and others I shdve known.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 22:55 GMT
Addendum to above comment: Fun AND educational, espec. the tube questions. Gotta "Mind That Gap".
Jul 26th, 2012 at 23:01 GMT
Fun quiz. The Iranian Embassy siege was in 1980, not 1981.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 23:17 GMT
Could've used a couple more minutes, I ran out of time before I even got to read all the questions.
Jul 26th, 2012 at 23:21 GMT
Should've read the part that said *requires roman numeral
Jul 26th, 2012 at 23:24 GMT
What's ironic is that Westfield Group is run out of Australia, and they have their name on many established shopping centers/centres all over the US (including the city bordering the one in which I live), but I never thought to guess it.
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Jul 27th, 2012 at 01:32 GMT
Accept East End for the Olympic site
Jul 27th, 2012 at 02:26 GMT
Heh, was trying to see if something obvious like "Mayor's Council" would work and got May.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 02:38 GMT
Aldwych was originally known as "Strand" which would have given me another correct answer. Not saying you should accept it though, as I was really just playing the clueless Yank and throwing out random guesses. I'd leave it up to the locals to decide if it should be an acceptable alternative.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 04:50 GMT
Ah, darn. I spelled Wimbledon with the L and E switched... I'm so excited to watch the opening ceremonies! (On TV of course, since I'm in the US... I wish I could be there in person...) I'd love to visit London some day, maybe it would help me to do better on this quiz!
Jul 27th, 2012 at 05:04 GMT
About the Tower of London: I *knew* that the Norman Conquest happened in 1066, and I *should have deduced* that in 1078 William the Conqueror probably was still alive and reigning. Why, then, did I try Henry I, Richard I and Edward I but *not* William I?
Jul 27th, 2012 at 05:14 GMT
The council question isn't quite right, or misleading at any rate. The council that sits in City Hall is the London Assembly, which is not headed by the Mayor, who isn't a member of it. The Greater London Authority is a regional authority comprising the Mayor *and* the Assembly. I eventually got it by typing GLA, which maybe I should've done from the off, but I assumed you wanted the Assembly, which had the 'Greater' removed a while ago and so isn't any longer the 'GLA'.
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Jul 27th, 2012 at 09:33 GMT
London, no history or heritage. How is that considered an important place to live?
Jul 27th, 2012 at 11:40 GMT
Strand should probably be accepted for the station. East End is far too general though for where the Olympics are being held.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 11:46 GMT
Great quiz . London remains the world's greatest big city with Paris and Berlin close behind . William 1 is commonly known as William the Conqueror . If asked by a history teacher who was William the First most London kids would probably answer William Tell . William the Conqueror was not English but Norman French and his mother was a French tanner which is why he was also known by his enemies as William the Bastard. Easily the most comprehensive conquest of any country in history with every sheep , cow, and goat and acre counted and assessed in the Domesday Book for taxation purposes and so William could share out the largess of victory to his fellow bunch of conquerors a free booting army of adventurers from Normandy , Brittany , Belgium , and some even from further south in Italy. King Harold's family are said to have fled for safety to Dublin . One hundred years later the Normans followed their English conquest with an Irish one .Wales and Scotland succumbed after England . Got 21 on first attempt but should have known at least 31 .But it's been a while since I've lived in London .
Jul 27th, 2012 at 12:33 GMT
In my eyes, the DLR is considered an addition of the London Underground, and therefore the Tube also serves London City Airport, which threw me out at first on question 5. I can understand the logic of Heathrow, but it's a little bit of a sticky spot. Oh well. Good quiz!
Jul 27th, 2012 at 13:44 GMT
Would have been embarrassing not to have got all of these, given that I live in London an' all. At least you didn't have a pop at Dick van Dyke's cockerney accent.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 14:24 GMT
Neither the Grand Theft Auto nor the Friends question are questions about London.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 16:15 GMT
@ramona14 I agree, it's on every Tube map, along with the London Overground. As for the quiz, I spent entirely too long trying to spell "Gherkin," and eventually gave up, thinking it must be something else. This is one of those quizzes where alternate spellings wouldn't be the end of the world.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 17:09 GMT
@Matt01: Re ur "below threshold comment": um uh uh huh wot? Your tongue HAD to have been so firmly implanted in your cheek that you're still having trouble moving it to its usual position. As well as swallowing ur words. I'm in shock and (almost) at a loss for words.... and since I'm from NYC those rarely come into play. Magna Carta, Shakespeare, Dickens, Beatles to name just a few-- guess u never heard of them or dismiss their influence.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 17:28 GMT
Awkward moment when I'm getting fustrated cause it won't accept the prime minister, and then realising it says 11 not 10 Dowining street!!!
Jul 28th, 2012 at 17:22 GMT
@jeffg3wksapart: Magna Carta was signed in Runnymede, 20 miles from London, Shakespeare is from Stratford-upon-Avon which is miles and miles away, I'll give you Dickens (even though he was born in Portsmouth) but the Beatles? Liverpool I'm afraid mate!
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