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15 London History Quiz Questions


  1. Who was given the responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London, including St Paul's Cathedral, after the Great Fire in 1666?
  2. Rupert Murdoch moved his News International printing and publishing works into which London district in 1986?
  3. Where in London was formally established in 1699 to be "a free and open market for all sorts of fish whatsoever"?
  4. To which street did the Bank of England's headquarters move to in 1734?

  5. Which structure was designed by John Nash in 1827 to be the state entrance to the court of honour of Buckingham Palace?
  6. Who was Lord Mayor of London for four terms, in 1397, 1398, 1406 and 1419?
  7. Which conspiracy named after a meeting place near Edgware Road in London was an attempt to murder Prime Minister Lord Liverpool and his cabinet in 1820?
  8. In which year was the Gunpowder Plot? A failed attempt to blow up King James I and Parliament.
  9. The name of which area of London was also used by James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor?
  10. Which theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men?
  11. In which decade was the old Wembley Stadium first opened to the public?
  12. Which 18th century writer said: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford."?
  13. Give any year in which Samuel Pepys diary was written?
  14. Opened in 1863, which London underground line was the first?
  15. What was the name of the last private occupant of 10 Downing Street who moved in the 1730s: (a) Mr. Cat, (b) Mr. Chicken, or (c) Mr. Lamb?


  1. Sir Christopher Wren
  2. Wapping
  3. Billingsgate Fish Market, or Billingsgate
  4. Threadneedle Street
  5. Marble Arch
  6. Dick Whittington
  7. The Cato Street Conspiracy
  8. 1605
  9. Soho
  10. The Globe Theatre
  11. 1920s (28 April 1923)
  12. Samuel Johnson, often called Dr Johnson
  13. Any year between 1660 and 1669

  14. The Metropolitan line, or the Metropolitan Railway
  15. (b)Mr. Chicken

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