London landmarks: 10 questions

  1. Which palace in south-east London is unusual in having an art-deco residence attached to a partially restored Tudor palace once used for hunting by Henry VIII?
  2. Which house on the Strand was originally built by the first Protector of the infant king Edward VI, and later rebuilt in the 18th century when it went on to house various government departments including the Navy Office, the Inland Revenue and the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths?
  3. Which landmark was originally built to be the grand entrance to Buckingham Palace, but was later moved and now sits incongruously in a traffic island? It also housed a small police station from 1851 to 1968.
  4. Bush House, at the southern end of Kingsway, was the headquarters for which specific radio station between 1941 and 2012?
  5. The Hunterian Museum on Lincoln’s Inn Fields is devoted to which field of human activity?
  6. Which English monarch was the first to attend a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral after its official opening on Christmas Day 1711?
  7. And which pedestrian-only bridge links the south side of St. Paul’s with the Tate Modern over the Thames?
  8. Of the 8 royal parks in London, which is the smallest at just 39 acres?
  9. Trains at which station arrive and depart under the monumental single arch Barlow Shed?
  10. Which controversial central London landmark was known as “The Empty Skyscraper” for years after its completion, due to the insistence of the owner Harry Hyams on finding a single client to rent the office space of the entire building?

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  1. Which palace in south-east London is unusual in having an art-deco residence attached to a partially restored Tudor palace once used for hunting by Henry VIII?
    A: Eltham Palace
  2. Which house on the Strand was originally built by the first Protector of the infant king Edward VI, and later rebuilt in the 18th century when it went on to house various government departments including the Navy Office, the Inland Revenue and the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths?
    A: Somerset House
  3. Which landmark was originally built to be the grand entrance to Buckingham Palace, but was later moved and now sits incongruously in a traffic island? It also housed a small police station from 1851 to 1968.
    A: Marble Arch
  4. Bush House, at the southern end of Kingsway, was the headquarters for which specific radio station between 1941 and 2012?
    A: The BBC World Service
  5. The Hunterian Museum on Lincoln’s Inn Fields is devoted to which field of human activity?
    A: Medicine (specifically surgery)
  6. Which English monarch was the first to attend a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral after its official opening on Christmas Day 1711?
    A: Queen Anne
  7. And which pedestrian-only bridge links the south side of St. Paul’s with the Tate Modern over the Thames?
    A: Millennium Bridge
  8. Of the 8 royal parks in London, which is the smallest at just 39 acres?
    A: Green Park
  9. Trains at which station arrive and depart under the monumental single arch Barlow Shed?
    A: St. Pancras
  10. Which controversial central London landmark was known as “The Empty Skyscraper” for years after its completion, due to the insistence of the owner Harry Hyams on finding a single client to rent the office space of the entire building?
    A: Centre Point

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