[A] Which London landmark lights up when Parliament is in session?
April 3, 2019
Zack Creach

4 Facts You Didn't Know About London Landmarks

London is home to some of the most famous landmarks in Europe (and the world). It is a stately place with lots of interesting history that you could spend weeks exploring. What you might not know, though, is that some of London's landmarks have some odd secrets you have never heard about. Here is a look at the strangest and most intriguing.

4. The Tower of London Was Once Home to a Polar Bear

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Many people don't know that one of the city's most famous sites, the Tower of London, was once home to a whole host of exotic animals that were given as "royal gifts" to the King of England. Some of these animals included an elephant and several lions, but the most famous of all was a polar bear given to Henry III by the King of Norway in 1252. This polar bear did not live under the best of conditions, as it was kept chained and muzzled for much of its life, but it was often taken to the River Thames on a leash to swim and fish.

3. The Battersea Power Station Is a Movie Star

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The Battersea Power Station, on that same River Thames where the polar bear used to fish, has recently been reconstructed and turned into luxury villas. Before this, though, it appeared in many Hollywood movies, such as Help!, starring The Beatles in 1965, Children of Men in the early 2000s, and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in 2008. It was also featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album in 1977, giving it even more street cred.