This is London
London is the capital of Great Britain and its biggest city. More than seven million people live and work there. London is one of the most important cities in the world. It is a centre for business and for tourism.
London stands on the river Thames. Until 1749, there was only one bridge over the river. Now there are more than 20 bridges over the Thames.
The political centre of London is Westminster. There you can see a long grey building with towers which are the Houses of Parliament. The large clock in one of the towers is Big Ben. Big Ben is the name of the clock and the bell of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.
On the other side of Parliament Square is Westminster Abby. The Abby with its two tall towers is really wonderful.
The Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace. It takes 10 or 20 minutes to get from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square, the centre of London. Some people say it is the most beautiful place in London. There you can see the National Gallery which is one of the best picture galleries of the world.
The heart of London is the City. It is the oldest part of London. Many people work in the City but very few live there. There are many banks and other offices there too. You can visit some interesting places in the City or near it. One of them is the Tower of London. The Tower of London was a fortress1, a palace, a prison2 and the King’s Zoo. Now it is a museum.
In London you can find some of the best theatres, cinemas and museums. There are about 10 thousand streets in London.
There are so many other places to see and visit in London, but you can’t do all during one short trip.
1fortress ['fƆ:trıs] - крепость
2 prison ['prızn] - тюрьма
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