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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


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

Excellent videos! It helps much in learning English!

i got 8/10, want to get 10/10.

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


I can't watch the video. What should I do? there is no link to watch.

yeah I have this problem,too.

It was amazing.
I've never been to London.i can image how is London when i was watching these videos.i hope to visit there one day.
I really appreciate for giving like these stories to improve our English knowledge.
thank you very much all staff of British council     

Hi guys!
I don´t understand the meaning of "over" in this two sentences:
"(...). And it´s a brilliant place to invite friends over."
"This image is of the River Thames frozen over. It´s (...)"
Could you help me? Thank you in advance.

I found 2 structures in the questions of Nick for Alistair:
1- What 's it like to live on a board?
2 - Is there anything you miss about living on dry land?
Can I say: Is there anything you miss to live on dry land? or What's it like about living on a board?