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STORY "London" - The Last Chapter

Places and Parades The City Londoners often talk about ‘The City’ They are talking about the oldest part of London, the home of the Bank of England, and many other big offices! About five thousands people live in The City, and at weekends it feels empty. But between Monday and Friday, nearly half a million people come here to work in the banks and offices. Look for the City men with their dark suits and umbrellas! St.Paul’s Cathedral is in the middle of The City, and the Bank of England has an interesting museum that you can visit. Also in The City is a very tall building _60.6 metres high_ called The Monument. Christopher Wren built this, too, and it stands on the place where the Fire of London began in 1666. Some interesting and exciting days Every year on a Saturday morning in June, ‘foot guards’ and ‘horse guards’ have a parade for the Queen. This is called ‘Trooping the Colour’. The ‘colour’ is the flag that the soldiers carry. Thousands of people stand in The Mall to see the Queen and t…

STORY "London" - Chapter Eight

Museums and Galleries The British Museum in Great Russel Street is the biggest museum in Britain. Tickets are free. The Museum of London at 150, London Wall is one of the most interesting museums in the city. It tells the story of London and its people. One more museum that telss a story is the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), on the South Bank (under Waterloo Bridge). This tells the story of cinema and television, and there are many things for visitors to see and do. You can act with actors on a film ‘set’. Or you can read the news on TV! Four million people visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square every year. They come to look at more than two thousand pictures. Tickets are free. At the National Portrait Gallery in St.Martin’s Palce, you can see pictures of famous people. Tickets are free here, too. The London Dungeon I nToolcy Street is a ‘Museum of Horro’. Half a million people visit it every year, but they don’t always stay to see it all! Madame Tussaud’s in Marvlehonc Road is fam…

STORY "London" - Chapter Seven

Going Out Theatres and music London’s West End has some of the best theatres in the world, so tickets can be expensive. Go in the afternoon; it is often cheaper. There is something for everybody from a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre, to Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (this play began in 1952 and thousands of visitors see it every year). There are lots of cinemas to visit. The most expensive are in the West End, but you can sometimes get cheap tickets on Mondays. You can hear wonderful music and singing from all over the world at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, the London Coliseum in St.Martin’s Lane, and the Barbican Centre, Silk Street. For ballet, go to the Sadler’s Wells Theater in Rosebery Avenue, or to the Royal Opera House. To get cheap tickets, buy them an hour or two before it begins. Do you like to listen to jazz musicians? You can hear some of the best at Ronnie Scott’s Club in Firth Street, or at th…

STORY "London" - Chapter Six

Shops and Eating The most famous shop in London _some people say the most famous in the world_ is Harrods, in Knightsbridge. It opened in 1849. Oxford Street has many big shops _Selfridges, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams. There are always lots of people looking at the shops here, but at Christmas thousands more people come to see the wonderful Christmas lights and to buy things for their friends and family for Christmas. Charing Cross Road is famous for its bookshops. There arc of them, and they sell old and new books. One of the oldest and most famous is Foyles. It has thousands of books, but it can sometimes be very difficult to find the book you want! Covent Garden was once a big food market, but now it has lots of small shops and cafes and there arc street performers to watch. There are two very famous markets in London. Petticoat Lane market (open on Sundays) is in Middlesex Street, and is a good place to buy cheap clothes and things for the home. At the market in Portobello…

STORY "London" - Chapter Five

Westminter Westminster Abbey is more than nine hundred years old, and is a very famous London church. After the William conquer every king and queen of England was crown king or queen here. The Houses of Parliament are near Westminster Abbey. This is the home of the Bristish government. The clocl high up on the building is called Big Ben. The Prime Minister _the head of the British government_ live at 10 Downing Street. Walk along Parliament Street to Whitehall, past the government buildings, and you can see the little street on your left. Parks and gardens When you are tired of looking at buildings, you can sit or walk in one of London’s beautiful parks. Hyde park has a lake in the middle called the Serpentine, and you can take a boat out on the water. It is a good place to get away from the crowds and the noise of the city. You can listen to the speakers at Speaker’s Corner near Marble Arch. People from all over the world come and speak here. You can ask a speaker some difficult questions if…

STORY "London" - Chapter Four

Some Places To Go The Queen has her London home at Buckingham Palace. It is at the end of The Mall _a long road that begins at Trafalgar Square. At half past eleven most mornings the soldiers at Buckingham Palace “change the guard”. It takes about thirty minutes, and hundreds of visitors come to watch. And in August and September, you can usually visit some of the rooms in the palace. But there are always lots of people coming to see them, so be ready to wait. You can also visit the Royal Mews at the palace. This is the home of the Queen’s horses and coaches. The Queen’s Gallery is also at the palace, and you can visit it at most times of the year. Here you can see pictures from all over the world. The Tower of London is now a museum, and one of London’s most famous buildings. More than two million people visit it every year. Yeoman Warders (also called Beefeaters) tell them all about the Tower. You can see the Crown jewels, and visit the Bloody Tower and the white Tower. Or take a walk round…