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.



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.

Hi !  I'm really exhausted  I found those videos. They are really helpfull.  Can you explain me what means  ' laisure facilities' .

Hi MK205,
If you look up leisure in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online box on the right, you'll see that it refers to the time when we're not working. A facility is a place where an activity is done.
So leisure facilities refers to places where people can do things they enjoy doing in their free time. It can also refer to a leisure centre, which is a place where there's a swimming pool and places to play sport.
I hope this helps! Thanks for visiting LearnEnglish!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Very interesting videos. I love very much to see all these locations. Thanks a lot!

Excellent videos! It helps much in learning English!

can you tell me what is the meaning of "if the temperatures drop significantly"? Tks for your help.

Hello Smallduck,
That's a cool username! Have you looked up 'temperatures', 'drop' and 'significantly' in the dictionary search box at the right hand side of the page? I think the phrase is quite easy to understand once you know the meanings of these words.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team