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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.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the words from the box.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Read the questions about the video and select the right answers.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello nguyen bao tin,

This means that although you can enjoy a boat ride on the river, it is important in many other ways.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

An amazing and very useful video!!! in the city where i live there are just watercourses, but in other regions we have rivers... I'd want to live near the river in summer when the weather is really hot....

Why are rivers important in a town or city?
Rivers are a mean of transportation, besides is water is important to crops, life and ecosystems.
Do you have a famous river in your country?
In Honduras we have a beautiful river called "Rio Lindo". It has an amazing scenery, important for turism and with the power of its water it generates energy as an important resource to our life.
Would you like to live on the river? Sometimes is very difficult to live near a river, due to flood, for that reason I rather live in a valley or mountain.

Because they are very important for countries' economies
Yes, we have got important rivers
Yes, because rivers is much quieter than cities and they're peaceful places

Very nice view of River Thames Thank you.

I learnt very helpful information about River Thames. Thanks for sharing. And the houseboat is very cool.

I heard " the point of this exhibition was", not " the point of our exhibition".

Hello Anndec,

What I hear is 'the point of the exhibition ...', so I've changed the on-page transcript to reflect that. I've also made a note to fix the pdf.

Thanks very much for pointing this out to us!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

In this topic I was excite the London eye. When at a time can see all famous place city. Especially was interesting see for Ashlie which regular was losing your things.

Hello! Could you please explain me why when i'm watching the videos they often go up and down (it's happening since you renewed the site). Thank you for you answer. Bye!