- Arkhipova E.A. Private school # 1
- Join us on our virtual sightseeing tour around London
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast
- Globe Theatre
- London Eye
- Houses of Parliament
- Buckingham Palace
- Horse Guards
- Trafalgar Square
- Piccadilly Circus
- Madame Tussaud's
- Millennium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral
- Monument to the Great Fire of London
Tower of London
- In 1078, William the Conqueror built the first part of the Tower, the White Tower, as a fortress. Over the centuries, other kings and queens extended the Tower and used it as a palace or prison. Prisoners usually arrived by boat and entered the Tower through Traitor's Gate, which faces the river.
Worth seeing in the Tower are old armours and weapons, the crown jewels and the famous ravens. People say that as long as there are six ravens at the Tower, England is safe from invasion
- Worth seeing in the Tower are old armours and weapons, the crown jewels and the famous ravens. People say that as long as there are six ravens at the Tower, England is safe from invasion
Near the Tower, there are the ruins of an old Roman city wall. The Romans invaded England in the year 43. They also founded the city of London, which they called Londinium.
- Near the Tower, there are the ruins of an old Roman city wall. The Romans invaded England in the year 43. They also founded the city of London, which they called Londinium.
- Tower Bridge is the most famous bridge in London. It opened in 1894. The bridge only needs 90 seconds to lift. This happens about 500 times a year.
- Her Majesty’s Ship – HMS Belfast played an important role during World War II. The ship weighs 11,500 tons and is a museum now.
- The London Dungeon is in an old subterranean prison (that’s what the word Dungeon stands for). The wax museum takes its visitors on a scary journey through England’s history of brutal killings and tortures. When you are in the Dungeon, watch out for creepy creatures - the Dungeon employs actors who are dressed as monsters, ghosts or executers. They hide in dark corners and then suddenly jump out to give you the fright of your life.
- The Globe Theatre opened in 1997. It is a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which burned down in 1613 during a performance of Shakespeare's play Henry VIII. In the Globe Theatre, you can experience what the theatre was like at Shakespeare’s time. The theatre had no roof, there were no electric lights and hardly any decoration.
- The London Eye offers a spectacular view over London and its surroundings. With its 135 m height, it is the biggest observation wheel in the world.
- Each capsule can carry 25 people. So in one day, the 32 capsules of the wheel carry over 15,000 visitors. A flight lasts 30 minutes and you can see up to 40 km in each direction
Houses of Parliament
- The official name of the Houses of Parliament is Palace of Westminster. This is because it was the royal palace before the king moved to Whitehall Palace in 1529. Now the palace is home to the United Kingdom Parliament.
Guy Fawkes Day
- On 5 November 1605, some radical Catholics wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But they were not successful. Guards searched the cellars of the Palace and found 36 barrels of gunpowder. Every year on 5 November people commemorate Guy Fawkes Day (or Gunpowder Day) with fireworks and bonfires.
- In 1834, a fire destroyed most of the palace. Between 1840 and 1888, Sir Charles Barry rebuilt the Palace of Westminster and also added the famous clocktower that everybody knows as Big Ben. Actually, it is only the name of the biggest bell in the clock tower, which rings the hour. Big Ben takes its name from Sir Benjamin Hall, who ordered the casting of the 16 ton bell in 1856.
- Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s residence in London. When the queen is in the palace, you can see the Royal Standard on the roof of the palace. If the Queen is not in the palace, you see the Union Jack.
- Buckingham Palace has 600 rooms, a park, a swimming-pool and even a cinema. The royal family lives in the north wing of the palace
The Changing of the Guard is at 11:30 am. It takes place every day in summer and every second day for the rest of the year.
- The Changing of the Guard is at 11:30 am. It takes place every day in summer and every second day for the rest of the year.
- In Whitehall you can see the Queen’s Life Guard – the Horse Guards. The Mounting of the Guard takes place every day at 11 am (10 am on Sundays).
Trooping the Colour
- Behind the Horse Guards is Horse Guards Parade. This is the place where the Queen’s birthday parade – Trooping the Colour – takes place every year in June. The Queen’s real birthday is in April, by the way. Her birthday parade is in June, however, because the weather is usually better then
- Trafalgar Square takes its name from Admiral Nelson's famous victory in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. Nelson's Column is 56 m high and on top you can see the statue of Admiral Nelson, who died in the battle.
- Piccadilly Circus is the centre of London’s nightlife. Its neon lights are famous all over the world. The Eros fountain is a great meeting place if you want to go to one of the plenty restaurants, bars, nightclubs or theatres nearby.
The Rock Circus with wax figures of famous rock stars, is also at Piccadilly Circus. At the entrance of the museum you get headphones, so you can hear the stars sing. The highlight of the museum is a spectacular concert with moving wax figures.
- The Rock Circus with wax figures of famous rock stars, is also at Piccadilly Circus. At the entrance of the museum you get headphones, so you can hear the stars sing. The highlight of the museum is a spectacular concert with moving wax figures.
- Madame Tussaud's is a famous wax museum with celebreties of entertainment, sport and politics. It is one of the most popular museums in London.
- Madame Tussaud was born in France where she learnt how to make waxworks. In 1802, she came to England with her collection and travelled around Great Britain and Ireland. In 1835, she finally opened a wax exhibition in London. Her last work was her self-portrait, which is at the entrance of the museum. Madame Tussaud was 89 years old when she died in 1850
Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral
- Millennium Bridge is a footbridge over the river Thames.
- In the background, you can see St Paul’s Cathedral. Its cupola is very special: go up there with a friend. Ask your friend to put his/her ear against the wall of the cupola. Then go to the other side and whisper against the wall. Your friend will hear every word you whisper, although you are 34 m apart. This is why the cupola of St Paul’s Cathedral is also called Whispering Gallery
Monument to the Great Fire of London
- On 2 September 1666, a fire broke out in Pudding Lane, which destroyed three quarters of London in only three days. It was the Great Fire of London.
- Between 1671 and 1677, the architect Sir Christopher Wren built the monument in remembrance of the Great Fire. The Monument is 61.5 metres high – this is exactly the distance between the moument and the place where the fire broke out in 1666.
- You can go up a spindal staircase to a platform from where you have a nice view over the City of London
- In the 19th century, London Docklands formed the world's largest port. Ships arrived here with goods from all parts of the world. There were warehouses for tea, silver, ivory and so on. Now the former warehouses are nice (and expensive) homes and offices. The office building Canary Wharf is the highest building in London.
St Katherine Dock is just beside the Tower of London. It is a nice place with a yacht marina and a number of restaurants. In the background you can see the Dickens Inn. It is a huge pub and was a brewery in the 18th century
- St Katherine Dock is just beside the Tower of London. It is a nice place with a yacht marina and a number of restaurants. In the background you can see the Dickens Inn. It is a huge pub and was a brewery in the 18th century
1. At what time does the Changing of the Guard take place in front of Buckingham Palace?
- 1. At what time does the Changing of the Guard take place in front of Buckingham Palace?
- a.at half past eleven
- b.at half past nine
- c.at half past ten
- at half past eleven
- at half past nine
- at half past ten
Question 2 of 10:
- 2. How many seconds does the Tower Bridge need to lift?
Question 3 of 10:
- 3. London's highest building is in the Docklands. What's its name?
- a.Bank of England
- b.World Trade Centre
- c.Canary Wharf
Question 4 of 10:
- 4. How old was Madame Tussaud when she died?
Question 5 of 10:
- 5. Which museum can you see in the background?
- a.National Gallery
- b.Madame Tussaud's
Question 6 of 10:
- 6. What is the street called where the Horse Guards are?
- a.The Mall
- c.Baker Street
Question 7 of 10:
- 7. What can you see in the Dungeon?
- a.photos of ghosts in old castles
- b.wax figures of famous rock stars
- c.how people were killed and tortured in England's past
Question 8 of 10:
- 8. Which famous museum is at Piccadilly Circus?
- a.National Gallery
- b.London Dungeon
- c.Rock Circus
Question 9 of 10:
- 9. What does HMS mean?
- a.Her Majesty's Ship
- b.Honoured Marine Symbol
- c.Hear My Signal
Question 10 of 10:
- 10. Which London sight can you see in the picture?
- a.Buckingham Palace
- b.St Paul's Cathedral
- c.Westminster Abbey