The City of London

The City of London



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Everyone knows Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, but what else is there to the city of London? Learn about London's past, present and future in this video.

This video is part of our Word on the Street series. Word on the Street is an exciting new English Language teaching programme co-produced by the BBC and the British Council.

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Have you ever been to London? If so, what do you think of the city? If not, would you like to visit London one day?


ALESIA's picture

I've never visited London, but I really would like to go there, i would like to visit the famous museums, monuments, streets.... I think London is a fantastic city, here there are lots of thing to do and to visit...I really want to go in London, it's my dream..

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HannaMarin's picture

I'm also going to London next week. I'm so excited and I can't wait: Travelling to London was always my dream.
I'm going with school, so I won't be able to sightsee what I want, but I'm pretty sure I'll see everything. And I won't have to look for places to sleep, transport etc.

But I'll have to tahe care of my meals. Can anyone recommend me cheap supermarkets, restaurants etc. I have hearda about chain "restaurants" (with fast food), they serve healthy food. I think that the name is French.

What about shops (agan chep ones, because I'm a student and I can't really afford much) and bookshops?

And what can you do on Oxford street?

I know I've wrtten a lot of questions. I don't expect answers for everyone (though it would be nice). Can you please give me some informations?

Thanks :D

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Elsa007's picture

My cousin is in London and told me his favourites bookshop. Waterstones has a nice book display so that visitors can easily find books and feel comfortable to spend time at the bookshop which also has a cafe within the store. That sounds lovely, doesn't it?

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PinkyPay's picture

My dream is to visit London! And I know, that I will visit it one day,soon or not,but I will! :))
Oh,and of course,I'd like to try some of British specialties! Could you,please,tell me more about traditional English food? :)

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Tina - Coordinator's picture

Hi PinkyPay,
British specialities - well I personally love roast dinners, which are cooked in the oven. Roast chicken with crispy roast potatoes, a variety of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and sweet corn all topped with a gravy ... Yum :) Fish and chips, sausages and mash potatoes,  fish pie, there are so many ... take a look at this Food in Britain for some more ideas :)
Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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Toma English's picture

Have you ever been to London? If so, what do you think of the city? If not, would you like to visit London one day?
Unfortunately ,I have never been to London before. I wouldn't like to visit London , I'd like to Live There!!! :D
Pray for me to be able to live there one day :)

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Natalija's picture

I've spend a year in London and it was a terrific experience, I was in a boarding school, on an exchange program, and I have the best impressions. People were very kind, hospitable and good to talk to. Some people say that Londoners aren't very hospitable, but I'm sure it's false.
It almost was the time of my life. First time I came there, I was surprised with the number of habitants. The crowd was anywhere, but I like big cities and it wasn't a problem for me. I didn't know what to look at first, I was enchanted with everything, starting from Big Ben, than Thames, Tower Bridge, Buckingham palace etc. We had some excursions at school at weekends, so we visited the majority of museums, monuments, famous buildings, and the less famous ones. I don't like English food very much, but I liked to eat in Harrods. The store is huge and visiting every department takes a long time. My favourite was the famous Food hall.
Hyde Park is always a pleasure. I used to visit it often with my room mate. It took me a lot to find the all interesting places, because there are so many things to see and visit. If you are in London, you really should explore everything, because every corner there has a little story for itself and its' own beauty.
If you still haven't visited this amazing city, I strongly recommend you to do it as soon as possible. You won't regret at all;).

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Lemon's picture

I'm going to London this spring and I`m looking for some interesting places that I want to visit. I`d like to go to The museum of tea and coffee, The Serlock Holmes Museum, The Kew Gardens, The Museum of Albert and Victory and Greenwich observatory. Also it would be nice to see the oldest scientific zoo in the world - London zoo, that is situated in the Regent`s park.

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JoEditor's picture

Hi Lemon,
Have a great trip to London. Let us know what you visit and what you like best.
Best wishes and safe travels! Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

202 users have voted.
Simon's picture

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Simon (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

207 users have voted.