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Which of these British writers set many novels in London, including Oliver Twist and Our Mutual Friend? Charles Dickens
91.2%
Jane Austen
0.7%
William Shakespeare
0.9%
John Milton
0.7%
What was the disaster that struck the City of London in September 1666? Great Fire of London
88.9%
The Black Death
2.2%
The English Civil War
0.8%
The Great Plague
2.7%
Where has every coronation of an English or United Kingdom monarch since 1066 taken place? Westminster Abbey
88.5%
St Paul's Cathedral
4%
Southwark Cathedral
0.3%
Westminster Cathedral
6.9%
Whose statue is on top of the column in Trafalgar Square? Lord Nelson
87.3%
Isaac Newton
1.6%
Duke of Welllington
5.5%
Winston Churchill
2.7%
Which London theatre is a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays? Globe
87.2%
London Palladium
2.5%
Old Vic
2.7%
Donmar Warehouse
0.8%
Which district of London has many educational and cultural institutions named after Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial and the Victoria and Albert Museum? South Kensington
71%
Bloomsbury
6.3%
City of London
9.3%
Greenwich
9.4%
When did the Blitz start? (This is the name given to the German bombing campaign against the United Kingdom during the Second World War, and it began in London.) 7 September 1940
67.2%
7 September 1938
1.5%
7 September 1939
9.7%
7 September 1941
20.7%
Which monarch was executed in the Banqueting Hall in front of the Palace of Whitehall in 1649? Charles I
63.2%
Charles II
17.3%
James I
5.6%
James II
9.4%
Which of these London markets is the UK's largest inland fish market? It relocated from the City of London to the Isle of Dogs in 1982. Billingsgate
62.5%
Smithfield
13.4%
New Covent Garden
11.4%
Borough
6.8%
What was the main industry on the Isle of Dogs in East London until the 1980s? Docks
61.1%
Printing
16.6%
Finance
5.7%
Kennels
10.8%
Which of these great British engineers assisted his father, Marc, to build a tunnel under the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping, which is still in use today? Isambard Kingdom Brunel
57.8%
George Stephenson
8.5%
James Watt
10.9%
Thomas Telford
20.5%
On the South Bank of the Thames there is a replica of an English galleon best known for her privateering circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. What is she called? Golden Hind
56.7%
Victory
9.2%
Britannia
13.4%
Mary Rose
15.6%
During which tumultuous time did the radical preacher John Ball address a crowd of Kentish rebels on Blackheath, saying 'When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then a gentleman?' Peasants' Revolt
56.5%
English Civil War
12%
Reformation
16.2%
Industrial Revolution
8.6%
Which institution used to be housed in the building which now houses the Imperial War Museum? Bethlem Royal Hospital (known in former times as Bedlam)
56%
Marshalsea Debtors' Prison
19.9%
Bank of England
15.5%
National Theatre
5%
What was the major achievement of Sir Joseph Bazalgette? Creation of a sewer network for Central London
51.6%
Designed the signage of the London Underground
19.1%
Design of Tower Bridge
16%
His art collection was the foundation of the National Gallery
7.4%
When was the current Palace of Westminster, home of the UK Parliament, rebuilt after a devastating fire? 19th Century
49.4%
18th Century
31.8%
20th Century
10.2%
21st Century
1.8%
Which of these arts venues, all built since the end of World War 2, was not built as part of the regeneration of the South Bank? Barbican Centre
45.5%
National Theatre
18.1%
Hayward Gallery
15.7%
Royal Festival Hall
14.3%
Which of these Romantic poets attended Guy's Hospital Medical School (now part of King's College London)? John Keats
33.4%
Percy Bysshe Shelley
22.3%
Lord Byron
29.8%
William Wordsworth
12.6%
Which of these internationally renowned universities was nicknamed 'that Godless institution in Gower Street', because it was unique in the UK at the time in being a completely secular foundation? University College London
29.3%
Imperial College London
19.6%
King's College London
17.4%
London School of Economics
28.2%
What is generally considered to be the oldest railway station in London? Deptford
10.7%
Baker Street
18.3%
King's Cross
57%
Clapham Junction
8.4%
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