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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Y is for a Year in London


New Year's Day Parade (Jan): An extravaganza of floats, marching bands and majorettes, just like the Americans do so well, except they have the sense to hold theirs in the middle of summer.

Chinese New Year (Feb): Big celebrations in Chinatown for the start of a year named after an unclean animal, so probably not the best day to pop into a restaurant for the traditional slap-up meal...

Boat Race (Mar): London contains no really world-famous seat of learning, so every Easter it plays host to the two nearest top-class universities and tries to drown the students eight at a time.

Flora London Marathon (Apr): Thousands of deluded fat businessmen reckon that they can run 26 miles for charity, then drop dead of a heart attack caused by too much of the sponsor's product.

Chelsea Flower Show (May): Gardeners outnumbered by socialites at this celebration of horticultural perfection. Donít expect to see crazy paving, weeds, gnomes or charred brick barbecues.

Trooping the Colour (Jun): Despite the fact she's seen it 50 times before, the Queen tries to look interested as even more soldiers walk up and down in front of her for a birthday treat.

Wimbledon (Jul): Two weeks of outdoor games for all those who enjoy a Grand Slam on grass, with mixed couples, crouching ball boys and commentary by Martina Navratilova.

Notting Hill Carnival (Aug): A vibrant street festival commemorating Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant's finest film. Often so vibrant that the loud reggae music leaves local houses in rubble.

Great River Race (Sep): Lots of grown men who didn't go to Oxford or Cambridge attempt to sail down the Thames on rafts, inflatables, kayaks and other terribly common forms of transport.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (Oct): A nice day at the seaside for owners of cars older than the drivers. They may only manage 35mph on a good day, but they still beat the train down.

Lord Mayor's Parade (Nov): The other London Mayor, the one who isn't called Ken, stands on the back of a lorry and waves, despite the fact that the City is always totally deserted on Saturdays.

Christmas lights (Dec): This year's flash-in-the-pan B-List celebrities switch on a few bulbs over Oxford Street and the Norwegians send us a big tree for the Trafalgar Square pigeons to nest in.