History Scene 2

Ashlie and Jay Marie have afternoon tea and Stephen and Tristan take a tour of Elizabeth Tower and listen to a famous bell.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Think about the following questions: 

  • Which towns or cities would you most like to visit as a tourist?
  • To which interesting places would you take a visitor to your city or country?

Watch as Stephen takes Tristan to see Big Ben.



Ashlie: OK. So, what time is it?

Stephen: I don’t know. I don’t have a watch.

Tristan: Ah. It’s almost one o’clock.

Stephen: OK, here’s the plan. Ashlie and Jay Marie, you two are going to go and have afternoon tea. And Tristan, why don’t you and I go up Big Ben?

Tristan: Err, Stephen I don’t think you just ‘go up’ Big Ben.

Stephen: You can if you’ve booked.

Tristan: Brilliant! I’ve always wanted to go up there!

Stephen: OK. And we’ll meet back here later.

Ashlie: Have a good time!

Jay Marie: See you guys! Bye!

Stephen: Bye!

Wow! I can’t wait for this… Wow! Come on, I’ll race you. 31, 32, 33, 34. 35, 36...

98, 99, 100. This is harder than I thought. You all right, Tristan?

Tristan: Stephen! I’m up here! Hurry up, slow coach!


Jay Marie: Oh, this is lovely, Ashlie! I’ve always wanted a traditional English afternoon tea.

Ashlie: Yes, it’s nice, isn’t it? Though we don’t do it every day.

Jay Marie: Really? I thought afternoon tea was a meal for you. Breakfast, lunch, tea?

Ashlie: Well, actually, it’s a bit confusing. Some people call ‘lunch’ ‘dinner’ and ‘dinner’ ‘tea’ but not like afternoon tea like this. And then of course, there’s the tea that you drink.

Jay Marie: Hmm. You’ll have to explain it to me later. This looks delicious.


Stephen: Wow! Look, you can see all the clock faces.

Guide: So here we are now in the clock room. This is called the chime train. It governs the four chime bells, which play the Westminster chimes. We all know the tune: ding dong ding dong. You’re all familiar with that. Well, that’s what’s going to play now.

So here we are. The bells themselves. And that bell there is Big Ben himself.

Tristan: I thought the tower was called Big Ben?

Guide: No, it’s just the name of the bell.

Stephen: Yes, in fact the tower is called the Elizabeth Tower.

Guide: That’s right. And watch out, guys, the bells are going to ring any second now.


Ashlie: Hey, wow! It’s already three o’clock. I bet it’s loud where Stephen is. Let me call him.

Stephen: Hello, Ashlie. I can’t hear you. It’s really loud up here. Oh, that was cool. Can you hear the bells from where you are?

Ashlie: Err, no. Are you having fun?

Stephen: Yeah, the stairs were really hard work but it’s really interesting from up here. Oh, the tour’s moving on. See you later.

Ashlie: OK, Bye… Bye.

Jay Marie: More sandwiches?

Ashlie: Oh, go on then.


Tristan: Stephen, we’re running out of time. We need to head off and meet the girls.

Stephen: OK. Wait a second. There’s just one thing I’ve always wanted to do.


Jay Marie: You guys are so lucky to be living in London. So many beautiful buildings to see.

Ashlie: Yeah, we love it here. I just wish we had more time to enjoy the city, instead of working all the time.

Ashlie: I wonder how Stephen and Tristan are getting on? They should be down by now.

Jay Marie: Hey, Ashlie! What’s that?

Ashlie: Hmm – I'm not sure. Stephen?!

Stephen: Ashlie!!!

Task 1

Choose one or more name(s) to answer the questions.


Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the extracts with the correct information.


Task 3

Complete the extracts from the videos with the correct time adverbials.


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Submitted by PhuongHoang on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 03:17

Hi there Learning English team I wonder why Jay Marie said " You're so lucky to be living in London ". Can we use "to live" instead "to be living" ? Thanks a lot for helping me !

Hello PhuongHoang,

You could also use 'to live' here and it would be fine and mean pretty much the same thing. 'to be living', which is a continuous infinitive, focuses on the fact that it's an activity that's been continuing for some time. That doesn't seem to be an important fact here, but for whatever reason, Jay Marie decided to use this form.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by foofighters12 on Tue, 02/10/2018 - 00:24

I'd like to visit America and the Caribbean.

Submitted by Kostya B on Sat, 08/09/2018 - 19:39

I would most like to visit New York and generally US or Italy, etc, i.e in all civilized countries.

Submitted by nicky62 on Fri, 24/03/2017 - 02:20

hello kirk in this sentence(Tristan: Brilliant! I’ve always wanted to go up there) I heard several times the word brilliant but Tristan says really not brilliant. which one is correct ? thank you

Hello nicky62,

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean here. Tristan says 'Brilliant' in an enthusiastic way here, just as the audioscript shows.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hi peter you are right I listened audioscript again and again finally I got it as( brilliant). thank you very much

Submitted by beratakdag on Sun, 12/02/2017 - 13:11

which interesting place would you take visitor to your country? Ayasofya Museum Ayasofya has nine hundred year church and four hundred year mosk and now museum since 1935. Some byzantiums historians first Ayasofya burnt a revolt result. Any ruins couldn't come modern day. İmperial Lustin was want to build Ayasofya bigger than first two. Famous architecs Miletos and Trailes have built Ayasofya that extant. Meterials brought from antique Anatolia to İstanbul. Ayasofya's build started in 532 and comlited in 537. Ayasofya was conquered by Ottoman with the conquest of İstanbul. Tourists can visit Ayasofya between 09:30-16.30 everyday.

Submitted by legioner on Thu, 26/01/2017 - 13:36

Hello, could you explain me why my answer "It governs the *all* chime bells" in Task 2 is incorrect? There is more then four bells in Westminster chimes?

Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 26/01/2017 - 14:04

In reply to by legioner


Hello legioner,

'all', which is a quantifier, can be used before a plural noun (e.g. 'all bells'), before 'the' and a plural noun (e.g. 'all the bells') and before a more specific quantifier and plural noun (e.g. 'all four bells'), but does not come after 'the' (e.g. it is incorrect to say 'the all bells'). As you can see, it can take a little practice to learn to use 'all' correctly!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team