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The London Christmas Quiz: Answers

Thank you to all those that sent in answers. The entry with the highest score came from Nigel Smith, who lives in London, with a score of 17½ out of 25.

This was quite a challenging quiz, so anyone scoring half marks and upwards is doing well. Before researching it, I doubt I would have scored much more than that!

The quiz was purely for fun and I know a number of people enjoyed going through it without sending in their answers. However, to celebrate my first full year of guiding and blog writing in 2022 - and to congratulate Nigel - I would like to offer him two free places on a London On The Ground walking tour in 2023.

If you have not yet tried the quiz and would like to look through the questions to test yourself before you look at the answers below, please click here.

And now, to the answers (please scroll down).


The London On The Ground London Christmas Quiz

1. From which country is the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree an annual gift to the UK?


2. What event took place in Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1066?

The coronation of King William I, the first coronation to take place in Westminster Abbey.

3. Which band, formed at University College London in 1997, had a top 20 UK hit in 2010 with the single Christmas Lights, which includes the line "I took my feet to Oxford Street"?


4. In which part of London does Bob Cratchit live in Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol?

Camden Town

5. Which London sweet maker is credited with creating the first Christmas cracker in 1847?

Tom Smith

6. Which singer, who has had two albums in the UK all time top 40, was born in Kensington on Christmas Day 1971 and is named after the founder of an ancient North African city?


7. Christmas lights on Oxford Street made their first appearance in 1959. In which year did Regent Street first have Christmas lights?


8. How many people were in the longest ever Christmas cracker pulling chain, achieved in Barnes at The Harrodian School on 10 December 2015? (a) 581, (b) 1,081, (c) 3,081

(b) 1,081

9. Which Christmas-themed film of 1992 featured puppets created in London?

The Muppet Christmas Carol

10. Which King of England was one of the first people in England known to have eaten turkey for Christmas?

Henry VIII

11. In which lake do swimmers compete for 'The Peter Pan Cup' on Christmas morning?

The Serpentine (swimmers are members of the Serpentine swimming club, the cup was first presented by author JM Barrie in 1903).

12. What was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, civil servant & founding director of V&A, in London in 1843?

The first commercial Christmas Card

13. In which year did the London Underground last operate on Christmas Day?


14. Which London-born and bred actor and comic performer invented many pantomime jokes in the early 19th century that we still know today?

Joseph Grimaldi (creator of Joey the Clown).

15. Which US-born creator of a famous London department store is credited with the catchphrase "Only xx shopping days until Christmas"

Harry Gordon Selfridge (he first used the phrase while working for Marshall Field in Chicago).

16. Born in Hammersmith Christmas Day 1984, which actor has a father and a spouse who both played the Doctor in TV's Doctor Who?

Georgia Tennant (father Peter Davison, husband David Tennant).

17. Which family, shown in London's the Illustrated London News in 1848, helped to popularise Christmas Trees in the UK?

The Royal Family (Queen Victoria, Prince Albert & children).

18. In which season did a London football club last win England's Premier League title without having been top of the table at Christmas? Which club?

2003/04, Arsenal (2nd at Christmas 2003, undefeated Champions May 2004).

19. Which three London Underground stations include a saint in their name?

St James's Park, St John's Wood, St Paul's, King's Cross St Pancras (the question should have said four stations, apologies, an extra one third of a point if you got all four).

20. The River Thames often iced over for long enough to support fairs on its frozen surface. When was the last 'frost fair' held? (a) 1683 (b) 1739, (c) 1814.

(c) 1814

21. Which actor is now playing his 15th pantomime season at the Hackney Empire as the pantomime Dame?

Clive Rowe

22. Born in 1889 in south London, which actor and film maker died on Christmas Day in 1977?

Charlie Chaplin (at Manoir de Ban, his home in Switzerland since 1952).

23. In one of the oldest theatrical traditions still observed, what has taken place on Twelfth Night (6 January) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane since 1795?

The cutting and eating of the Baddeley Cake, accompanied by the drinking of punch (funded by a bequest from 18th century actor Robert Baddeley).

24. What was removed from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950, 654 years after being taken there?

The Stone of Scone

25. As a New Year's Resolution, which Londoner made "a solemn oath about abstaining from plays and wine" in December 1661?

Samuel Pepys


My next scheduled walking tour is Temple Bar: Portal to the City's Story (with Temple Bar Trust) on 12 Jan at 1pm.

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Happy New Year!

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