An A - Z
of London

Capital Numbers

An alphabetical guide
to London


A is for 'orses
B is for Bow Bells
C is for 21st Century
D is for Dome
E is for Escalator
F is for Fog
G is for GLC
H is for History
I is for Information
J is for Jellied Eels
K is for Keeping Safe
L is for London Transport
M is for Money
N is for Nightbus
01 for London
P is for Plague
Q is for Queen
R is for Red Route
S is for Streets of London
T is for Thames
U is for Underground
V is for Villages
W is for WestEnders
X is for Charing X
Y is a Year in London
Z is for Zoo

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T is for Thames


London is in fact two cities, split in half by the River Thames. To the North lie the great centres of history, commerce and finance. To the South lie an awful lot of houses and the odd shop.

The Thames is spanned by a series of majestic bridges, many the architectural wonder of their day. However, North Londoners are not in the least impressed by the grandeur of these historic bridges because they only lead across the river to places that nobody actually wants to go.

Needless to say, the residents of South London firmly believe that they live on the better side of the river, but then they spend every day battling to cross to the North where all the jobs and action are.

Londonís underground network carefully avoids burrowing south of the river as much as possible. Only about 10% of the capitalís tube stations lie south of the Thames (most of these, perversely, are on the Northern Line). Instead South Londoners have to put up with the remnants of British Rail, ancient trains that run every 30 minutes if at all, and being generally inferior to the rest of us.