London, the capital of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain, is situated on the banks of the river Thames. The city is very old,
it's more than 20 centuries. Its population is nearly 9 million people. The
area known as "Great London" occupies the territory of about 1.8
thousand square km.
The capital of the country is the important
financial centre and one of the largest ports of the world. Administratively
London is divided into 33 districts, but at the same time there are some parts
of London, which have some distinctive features: the West End, the East End,
the City, Westminster.
The City of London is the commercial centre of all
the country. It contains the Bank of England, business firms, companies,
corporations, office buildings. Besides the Bank of England, London has 5
largest commercial banks of the United Kingdom and well-known London Stock
The masterpiece of architecture in the City today is
St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren, the famous English
architect of the 17th century. In this Cathedral there are statues and tombs of
the national English heroes: Nelson, Wellington and others.
The Tower of London is an old castle, situated in
the City. It was used as a fortress, a palace and a prison. During its long
period of existence it was time when the Tower was even the Zoo. It was the
Royal Zoo, of course. Now the Tower is a museum and houses the Crown jewels and
other treasures. There is a legens in England that the Tower will fall if it
loses it's ravens. That's why these birds are carefully guarded.
Wesminster is the aristocratic, official part of
London. It's very attractive for tourists because it has historical places full
of customs and traditions. Parliament is situated in the Palace of Westminster.
The famous Big Ben, the clock from which all people of this country take the
time is in one of its beutiful towers.
Westminster Abbey is very beautiful church, which is
more than 900 years old. Nearly all the kings and queens of Britain were
crowned and buried there. Many famous people of this country were buried in the
Abbey, among them Newton, Darwin, Dickens, Kipling and others. In the Poet's
corner there are memorials to Shakespeare, Burns, Byron, Scott, Thackeray and
The official residence of the Queen of England is
Buckingham Palace. The changing of the guard before Buckingham Palace several
times a day is wached by hundreds of people.
London has 30 museums. One of the best known museums
is the British Museum, its library has unique collection of manuscripts; the
richest collection of antiquities and seven million of books. The Art Galleries
of London such as the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of
Arts are considered to be the largest in the British Commonwealth.
Visitors of London are surprised by the famous Madam
Tussaud's Exhibition, which was opened in 1802. It's an exhibition of hundreds
of wax models of famous politicians, kings, queens, sportsmen. Here you can
meet Elton John, Picasso, Lenin, Hitler, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and so on.
London has more than 80 theatres. The best known are
the Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Theartre, the Old Vic located in
the West End of London.
London is the centre of education and science.
Higher educational establishments among which the London University, the
British Academy, the Greenwich Observatory are well known in the world. Oxford
and Cambridge are the oldest universities in England.
The capital has 17 bridges, the famous Tower Bridge
being most attractive among them.
Nice parks and gardens of the capital are loved by
inhabitants of the city. The capital has a number of beautiful parks such as
Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, St. James Park, Green Park, Regent Park and
others. Regent Park has open air theatre, where every summer Shakespeare's
comedies are performed. Regent Park has the largest Zoo in the country. But the
most famous park is the Hyle Park because of its famous "Speaker's
Corner" ( a corner where everyone can stands there with a microphone and
tell other people whatever they want)
The part of London, called Soho is known as
restaurant centre where Londoners and visitors can taste Russian, Italian,
Frech exotic food. This is also the district of cinema producers. All the
biggest film companies have offices in Soho. The capital has more than 200
cinemas and a lot of concert halls.
The East End of the capital includes the Port of
London, Docks and the poorest districts. Rather unattractive in appearance it
is very important to the country's commerce.
The streets of London are always of great interest
to tourists. Fleet Street is the street of British Press. Oxford, Regent, Bond
streets are the main shopping centres. Downing Street is famous as the official
residence of the Prime Minister of the country. Piccadilly Circus is the place
where people gather on New Year's Eve.
The English are fond of sports, they have a great
number of sport federations, associations and clubs. The most interesting
tennis and football competitions and tournaments are held in Wimbledon court
and Wembley stadium.
The West End is the richest and the most beautiful
part of London, symbol of wealth and luxury. English aristocracy lievs there.
London is the chief port of the country, it has 2
airports and 16 railwaystations.
London is an important manufacturing centre. It's
well known for printing, film production, manufacture of clothing, food.
Automobile and aircraft industries are centred there.
The oldest underground called "tube" is
still one of the largest in the world. It was opened in 1863. The famous red
double - deckers are also an important part of the public transport system.