What to see in London London attracts very large numbers of visitors and tourists and can be an expensive place to visit. However, there is still much you can see and do for free. Tourist attractions are mainly in Central London. Plan your day well. London is a big place and if you are not careful you may find yourself spending most of the day travelling. It's worth booking or getting tickets in advance for any major attractions - including The Tower of London - which will save you a lot of time - sometimes the queues can take hours - you can usually book online at the website of the attraction. Use the Tube Map to work out how you would travel to the places mentioned below. The most popular and our favourite attractions are: Take a ride on the London Eye The big wheel which gives you a panoramic view of London. Also consider visiting some of London's markets. Back to Buildings and landmarks of London
BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips Countryside is Great Introduction This lesson is about the countryside and, in particular, National Parks and UK rural tourist attractions. The lesson practises speaking and listening skills through discussion and an information-gap activity. The main text in the lesson provides practice of the sub-skills of reading for gist and specific detail. Topic The countryside Level Time 90 minutes (plus extension activities) Aims: To introduce and discover more about various aspects of the British countryside To identify the meaning of vocabulary in the context of countryside and National ParksTo practise reading for specific detail and gist To discuss the importance of the preservation of the countryside and attitudes towards rural areas and National ParksTo ask and respond to questions about countryside attractions in the UK Materials Lesson plan: download Worksheet: download Poster: download By Caroline Wilkinson
The brand-new “Birmingham New Street” station | Articles about the UK These reading / listening comprehension exercises are based on a recent short BBC video news article which reports on the recent re-opening of Birmingham’s main train station, following the completion of a huge renovation project. a) Vocabulary to check slap bang in the middle / centre of [place] rotting (adj / participle) dingy (adj) the wow factor show-stopping stunning / stunningly debilitating (adj / participle) hoarding (n) b) Comprehension Questions Where is Birmingham? c) Transcript Ever feel like someone’s watching you? Let me show you what they’ve been doing for the past six years : I don’t know if you remember the old station, but where I’m walking now was this horrible dingy claustrophobic concrete corridor you had to walk through to catch the trains. They’ve transformed the whole station, but in some parts, they’ve just effectively put new clothes on an old body, and that includes all of this lovely stainless steel here. Like this: Like Loading...
150 Years of The Tube- listening comprehension activity You are going to listen to a radio clip about the London Undergrounddo a comprehension activity Discuss Does your city have a metro or underground railway?How old is it? Listen What was London like 150 years ago? Listen again and do the quiz below Alternative vocabulary gap fill exercise here Printable worksheets here Read Interesting Facts about the Tube Each year, every Tube train travels 114,500miles/184,269km.The average speed of a train is 33km/20.5 miles per hour.Only 45 per cent of the network is actually in tunnels.There are 426 escalators. MoreFacts London Tube map Click on the map to see an enlarged version Mind the gap! Why Is It Called "Big Ben"? What mental picture comes to mind when you think of London, England? If you’re like many people, you probably think of the iconic Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster. Featured in many movies and pictures, the Clock Tower has become a well-known symbol of England and London. One of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, the Clock Tower features four huge clock faces. Many Londoners refer to the Clock Tower, the clocks and the Great Bell, collectively, as “Big Ben.” How did the Great Bell get the nickname Big Ben? Others believe the Great Bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell. The Great Bell earns its Big Ben nickname. It first chimed in July 1859. The bell was then turned an eighth of a turn, so that it would no longer be struck where it was cracked. Completed on April 10, 1858, the Clock Tower stands 316 feet high (about 16 stories). It houses four clocks designed by Augustus Pugin.
City's 'smallest' coffee shop opens in phone box - BBC News A coffee shop said to be the smallest in Birmingham has opened in a red telephone box. Jake's Coffee Box is located in a phone box in Eden Place, near Colmore Row. A charitable trust called Thinking Outside The Box was granted planning permission to turn the phone boxes into kiosks and they have now been put up for rent. Jake's Coffee Box, which is run by Jake Hollier, is the first person to rent one of the Birmingham phone boxes. Mr Hollier, 23, who has been a healthcare assistant at City Hospital, said the project had been "six months in the making". He said: "I wanted to bring something different to the city. "I've got a coffee machine and some sausage rolls. He said he had about 20 customers in his first two hours. Asked about his first day, he said: "Everyone seems to look really oddly at me." Thinking Outside The Box has already overseen a similar scheme at Brighton's Pavilion Gardens, where two phone boxes have become units selling coffee and ice cream.
Listening: A Tour of London Tower Bridge, London (Copyright: Getty) When you visit a city for the first time, a good way to explore it is to go on an organised sightseeing tour. The tour will give you an overview of what there is to see and also provide you with some historical background. This tour will take you around London by bus. Activity Check how well you know London. a Madame Tussaud’s is a famous wax museum. b Bond Street is where the detective, Sherlock Holmes, once lived. c Marble Arch is a gate which was built in 1827. d Hyde Park used to be the royal hunting grounds. e Buckingham Palace is the London home of the Queen. f Piccadilly Circus is the largest circus in the world. g Fleet Street once housed the national newspapers. h St Paul’s Cathedral is a small but beautiful church. i The Tower of London is more than 900 years old. j The Globe is the world’s oldest restaurant.