About London

Information about visiting London, the host city for the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2020.

Some interesting facts about the Fonteyn 2020 host city:

One of the most diverse cities in the world, London is home to all manner of cultures – over 300 languages are spoken here in the UK’s capital.

  • London buses were not always red. Before 1907, each bus route branded their buses with different colours.
  • To get a London taxi license, you have to prove that you know every single street and landmark in London. It’s called “The Knowledge” and takes 2-4 years to memorise.
  • The ‘Big Ben’ isn’t a tower, it’s just the bell inside the tower that is called ‘Big Ben.’ The tower itself is called ‘The Elizabeth Tower.’
  • London boasts over 170 museums, from the massive British Museum, London’s most popular tourist attraction, to the tiny Fan Museum in Greenwich and everything in between. Remember to also check out Victoria and Albert Museum and visit the display celebrating 100 years of the RAD.
  • London’s huge number of trees means that it actually qualifies the city as a forest in accordance with UN definition. Just under 1/5th of the area of Greater London is woodland. The capital received its first official Forestry Conservator in 2002.
  • London was first founded as a city by the Romans who called it Londinium – it was later called Lundenwic and Ludenberg before settling on ‘London.’