Westminster Abbey is the biggest party of famous dead Britons ever
Sure, we know that a lot of the British monarchy is buried at Westminster Abbey, from Sæberht of Essex in 616 and Edward the Confessor in 1066 all the way up through George II (modern monarchs have largely opted for St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle). But there are tons of other noteworthy corpses buried here, from Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens, to Isaac Newton and Samuel Johnson. Playwright Ben Jonson is buried upright. Not one but two of the interred have their bodies buried in Westminster, but their hearts buried elsewhere (Thomas Hardy’s heart is buried in Stinsford; David Livingstone’s is in Zambia). My favorite burial is that of Elizabeth I, whose coffin is placed directly on top of that of her half-sister and predecessor, Mary I, aka "Bloody Mary," demonstrating that the siblings may die, but their rivalry is eternal.
One other secret (or let’s say, less-well-known fact) about Westminster Abbey is that it has free, weekly Sunday afternoon organ recitals. It’s a great way to see the Abbey if you’re trying to avoid the admission fee -- just be careful where you sit, lest you find yourself on top of someone famous.
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Charlie Beckerman likes knowing things other people don't, and then showing off on dates and at parties. Check out his podcast, Serial Dater, or send him your own favorite London secrets on Twitter and Instagram @chozzles.