London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

London would be nothing without its peculiar and fascinating facts. However, some of these facts consist of some really fascinating and possibly outdated laws.

There are laws you’ve probably broken in your everyday life without knowing that it is illegal to do these things, and you can check what these laws are by visiting

Keep reading to learn about all the strange and fascinating laws in London.

London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

You Cannot Be Drunk In A Pub Or Licensed Premises

London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

One peculiar UK regulation that may come as a shock to many is that you are not permitted to be drunk in a pub. It is illegal for the “keeper of a public house to enable drunkenness on-premises,” according to the Metropolitan Act of 1839.

It’s also against the law to provide alcoholic beverages to consumers who are already inebriated or to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone who is already inebriated, according to the Licensing Act of 2003.

Flying A Kite Publicly Can Be Considered A Nuisance

London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

Technically, it is illegal to fly a kite in a public place because that can be deemed a nuisance for residents.

Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 stipulates that this regulation is in place to prevent residents from being disturbed or annoyed and if anyone is found guilty of committing this offense, they could have to end up paying a £500 fine.

London Street Carpet Shaking Is Forbidden

London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

You may have a carpet or rug that needs to be cleaned to remove some dirt or dust; however, it is actually illegal, despite a quick shakedown of a carpet being perceived to be a perfectly innocent thing to do.

Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 forbids anybody to shake rugs, mats, or carpets. Though, rather remarkably it states that doormats can still be shaken, as long as it is done so before 8 am.

Walking Cows Down The Street In Daylight Is Against The Law

London Plays Host To Some Of The UK’s Most Unknown Laws

“Cattle are not to be driven through roadways at specific hours,” according to the Metropolitan Streets Act 1867, Section 7. This regulation made it illegal for cow lovers and farmers alike to walk their cherished livestock during the day.

If you were caught rallying the cows down the street between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. without the Commissioner of Police’s permission, you would have committed a felony.


Overall, there are many laws in London that you might not be aware of.  Whether you’re a visitor or a local, it’s always good to be up to date on the law. Who knows, maybe you can avoid getting into any legal trouble by being informed.

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