This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 20th August 1989: The Marchioness pleasure boat collides with the dredger Bowbelle under Cannon Street Railway Bridge, causing the Marchioness to sink rapidly. 51 of the pleasure boat’s 132 passengers drown.
Random London Fact Of The Week
There are about 3,800 pubs in London (or at least there were in 2003, when the statistical Tefal-heads last counted them all). This may sound like a lot, but in fact it is apparently only 9% of the UK’s public houses. With London’s population at 7.7 million, or almost 13% of the UK’s population, it is clear that London has less-pubs-per-punter than the rest of the country.
Let’s put this another way. If every London resident decided to pop down the pub for a cheeky one this evening, each pub in London would (on average) have to serve 2026 people. We can think of few London pubs that are particularly well equipped to deal with this unprecedented level of custom. It’s almost inevitable that some drinkers would end up disappointed. (It might almost be as bad as trying to get served in the Edinboro Castle.)
On the positive side, it would not take much more then 10 years to visit every pub in London, at a decidedly non-hangover-inducing rate of one pub per day. However you would probably end up spending almost as much time on public transport as you would sampling the beers, especially when visiting some of the more far-flung London establishments.
Londonist failed statistics at school.
London’s Weather This Week
Once again, the forecasters cannot really agree on the exact details of this week’s weather. Sure, there will be rain. And probably some sunshine. But no-one seems to know what order they’ll arrive in. Either way, it’ll probably be a bit colder than it should be. Sorry.
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