The Tricky New Year London Quiz!


Okay, ten tricky questions about London, and as it’s the new year I’m prepared to be flexible with the answers, which will arrive here tomorrow. On your marks…

1  On which London monument do pearls turn to diamonds, and why is it turning blue?

2. There’s a man-eating tiger in Knightsbridge. Where is it?

3. Which London department store has stairs that are designed to disorient you?

4. Name two stores with invisible glass?

5. It was a hotel, a masonic temple, a pub, a music venue and the site of London’s biggest beer tragedy before being demolished 132 years after being built, in 2007.  What was on its roof?

6. Which London monument was a pop-up made of wood, but proved so popular its designer remade it in stone?

7. Which so-called ‘Soho club’ isn’t in Soho and held the wake for its owner and coffin in his own bar?

8. What’s the oldest intact building in London? (You can’t have the Coliseum!)

9. Alexander Pope wrote this about a London street. Fill in its name;

‘Cries he who high in — —-, Lulled by soft zephyrs through the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes and prints before Term ends, Obliged by hunger, and request of friends.’

10. Several iconic movie cars have strong associations with London. Name two of them and explain why. Don’t be confused by Somerset.



18 comments on “The Tricky New Year London Quiz!”

  1. snowy says:

    The most famous man-eating tiger, is in Kensington & Chelsea. [Unless knavery is afoot in the question and man-eating is to be read as man eating?]

    The reconstructed memorial is an empty tomb in Whitehall.

  2. snowy says:

    Pope was writing to a ‘Dr Arbuthnot’, the line begins “Nine years!”…

    The oldest intact building… hmm… probably the tower built at the command of a French bastard in the 11C, unless somebody has uncovered an old roman knocking shop left over from the invasion.

  3. Martin Tolley says:

    I can’t wait for the B&M that features all of these…. that’ll be one heck of a plot.

  4. admin says:

    I’m not hearing answers here…

  5. Martin Tolley says:

    6 is the cenotaph

  6. Nick Larter says:

    5. A big horse shoe.

  7. Mark Baker says:

    No 2 is Tipu Sultan’s mechanical tiger in the V & A.

  8. Geoff Dixon says:

    4. Waterstones in Piccadilly and Heals in Tottenham Ct Rd ?

  9. Nick Larter says:

    8. Um, does St. Pancras Church count – I think it was once ruined but was restored.

  10. David Ronaldson says:

    I thought the beer flood was on the site of the Dominion, but it seems not.

    Invisible glass sounds like something Syd James would’ve sold

    Soho House in Barcelona?

    9. is Drury Lane

    3. Heal’s?

    8. Westminster Hall (they used to claim it was when I worked nearby)

  11. Diane Englot says:

    2. At the V&A
    5. Horse shoe
    8. The White Tower
    9. Drury Lane

    This is fun!

  12. Jill says:

    Drury Lane for No.9

  13. Richard Burton says:

    Oooh, car question. Genevieve has got to be the most London movie car hasn’t it? I thinks she’s a Darracq. Associated with London because of the London to Brighton run, and the final bit of the film with the end of the race. Second place is going to be more arguable (if it isn’t Kenneth Moore’s Spyker). Taxis, Minis, whatever it was Harold Shand was in at the end of Good Friday, Richard Burton’s Rover in Villain (in Lock Stock too) , the Jags in Robbery and The Sweeney, remembering to not get a lift in Patrick McGoohan’s lorry… Erm, I’m going for Mk2 Jaguar, the gangster film favourite.

    Sh#*, just realised that’s more Morse and Oxford, too late now.

  14. Nick Larter says:

    10. One of the cars would be the Aston Martin DB5 on account of the Global James Bond Day event in London last year (Aston Martin also did a centenary rally to London in 2013).

  15. snowy says:

    The two most iconic London vehicles are not cars:

    Double decker bus, as seen in ‘Summer Holiday’.

    Black Taxi, as seen in… well… everything.

    There is a car unarguably iconic and associated with London, [Peckham] but it comes from a TV series.

    As a side note, for those puzzling over ‘invisible glass’, a long forgotten description came back to me, which might be a little hazy.

    The simplest definition is glass that doesn’t appear to be there, which is not very helpful.

    It did become slightly fashionable, in large stores that had an entrance set back from the frontage, for the glass in the front windows to sweep around 90 degrees in a single seamless curve towards the doors. Rather than two flat sheets that met in a decorative column/corner post.

  16. John says:

    For #10 – First, the revamped Morris Minor (a ubiquitous car in UK TV and movies) because it debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show in London, 1948.

    Second, the Austin Mini Cooper because of their prominent use in The Italian Job which starred local boy Michael Caine. Perhaps I’m reaching for the London association with that car make.

  17. David Atkinson says:

    Bentleys from Cricklewood, see TheFast Lady or School for Scoundrels. Lotuses from Hackney and or Crouch End, see 1960 caper movies or the younger Diana Rigg in the Avengers.

  18. Alan Morgan says:

    Gah, late to the party.

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