The City of London


Nick talks about the history of The Thames and then is shown around a houseboat on the river. Later, he meets some artists who create incredible images of London in the future.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Why are rivers important in a town or city?
  • Do you have a famous river in your country?
  • Would you like to live on the river? Why / Why not?

Now, watch the video to find out more about the River Thames.



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Hi Krik
Thank you for your prompt reply, yes the problem is solved now, but it was really for all the vedios at that time, and not only to th transpeort ones.
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All the videos of the Transport and travel are missing and cant be reached? can you advise please

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I can see the videos now - can you? It's possible that there was a momentary problem with the server when you were viewing the pages before. If you still can't see the videos, I'd suggest downloading and installing the latest version of the Adobe Flash player. This normally solves any video problems. If not, please let us know.

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good night learners..and sorry for my tedious posts… shame on me ! I sometimes wonder if I'm getting a little bit fastidious…but I lot of doubt are obsessing my mind.
1) …brought food and people TO the capital. Is it the same if I write "brought food and people IN the capital?"
2) "what's like TO live on a houseboat ?" Is it the same if I write "what is it like living on a houseboat?" or "what is it like studying at Oxford" "what is the social life like in Rome"..
3)"for me it's being"…why not "for me it's TO BE" "my fear was TO BE alone"….etc
4)melting ice sheets… why not "melting OF ice sheets". Greetings from Italy to you all. It's always a pleasure practicing with you. Thank you very much indeed.

Hello apc,

That's quite a lot of questions! In answer:

1) No. 'Bring' needs the preposition 'to' or 'into', not just 'in'. Sometimes when people speak they shorten 'into' to 'in', but this is a non-standard form.

2) Both 'What's it like to live on a houseboat?' and 'What is it like living on a houseboat?' are correct; both 'What is it like studying at Oxford?' and 'What is the social life like in Rome' are also correct.

3) The question in the text is 'What's the best thing about living on the river?' After a preposition ('about') we need an object, which means we need a noun (phrase), a pronoun or a gerund. We cannot follow a prepositon with the 'to infinitive' form. The answer ('For me, it's...') follows the same pattern as the question, but does not repeat all the words.

4) 'Melting' here is an adjective, not a noun. Just as we would say '...due to warm weather' and not 'due to *warm of weather', so we say 'due to melting ice sheets'.

I hope that clarifies these examples for you.

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The LearnEnglish Team

They talk about climate change and cold winters,about frozen rivers and bridges.So that's amazing but I think that the mini ice age has come.Happy New Year!

it is amazing..., especially some one who life at the houseboat , It is amazing where every single day he can joy the beautiful of the river London.