London is a city filled with history, culture, grandiose buildings, well-known landmarks, and some of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Vegas Palms Online Casino offers a wide range of the finest online casino promotions but even it can’t match the prestige of the Crockfords Club, the oldest casino in London. But behind all the tourist attractions and grandiose externalities, London has a long and gruesome history, the remains of which can still be spotted in the city here and there. For those with a strong stomach, here are some of the weirdest and most gruesome landmarks to visit in London.
The head of Jeremy Bentham
Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, regarded as the father of modern utilitarianism – an ethical theory which states that the best action is the one that’s the most useful for the well-being of sentient entities. He was also a well-known eccentric and well ahead of his time – he advocated, among others, for freedom of expression, equal rights for women, and other outrageous things for his time. Upon his death in 1832, he left instructions for his body to be preserved as a “self-image”. His bidding has been done – for more than 150 years, his preserved body was on display in the University College London, and his severed head also went on display last year in a new exhibition looking at death and preservation.
The water pump of John Snow
“You know nothing, John Snow”, you might feel the urge to say. But the John Snow we’re talking about actually knew a lot. During the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak that claimed 616 lives, medical hygiene advocate John Snow, one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, traced the source of the disease to a public water pump on Broad Street. This was the first example of evidence-based control of a disease.
While the pump itself has been removed to make way for a new construction in the area, a memorial is still to be found in its place, honouring the amazing performance of the 19th-century physician.
The sewer lamp at the Savoy Hotel
A sewer lamp – sewer gas destructor lamp by its full name – is exactly what it sounds: a gas lamp that removes sewer gases that can be foul-smelling and potentially explosive by burning them. And London still has one of them working, right next to the Savoy hotel.
The original lamp on Cartin Lane, WC2, was destroyed a few years ago by a traffic accident – a replica has taken its place and continues to prevent the fumes of the sewers from reaching the guests at the Savoy.