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The only road with right-hand driving in London is the entrance road to the Savoy Hotel. This hotel in the central London is one of the most famous and the one that is loved by many celebrities.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is probably the only children’s hospital in the world that owns a fairy-tale character. The author of Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie, has gifted to the hospital not only the copyright but also a special relationship with the boy who would never grow up.
One of the tallest buildings in London, the 135-meter London Eye reveals a breathtaking view of Central London and receives more visitors than the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Taj Mahal. The 32 carriages represent the 32 London boroughs, however, each pod is numbered from 1 to 33; note, that number 13 is omitted for the reason it is believed to be an unlucky number.
Charring Cross roundabout sits in Central London. This is considered the center of London. All distances in London are measured starting from this landmark.
Charring Cross takes its name after the cross that once stood here. The stone monument was built in 1290 and demolished in 1647. Eleanor Cross was built by King Edward I to honor his wife, Eleanor of Castile. Charring comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “cierring” that refers to a bend on the River Thames.
Charing Cross is the landmark of Central London. It’s a six streets junction that is known as the center of London. Also called kilometer zero or zero mile marker, the junction is the spot from which London distances are calculated. The landmark is actually a statue of Charles I from the House of Stuart. He was king of England, Ireland, and Scotland in the 17th century. His Charing Cross equestrian statue was placed in this spot in 1675.