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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


I don't really know the meaning of " But there's more to the Thames than a trip down the river ".... Please answer me ..

Hello May Thida Su,

This is a variant of the idiom 'there's more to... than meets the eye'. It means that something (here, the river Thames) is more complex or interesting than just one aspect might suggest.


You can find a definition an explanation in any good dictionary:



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Dear team....
I have some questions....
1. What means " to bring a plus one " in " Let me know if you want to bring a
plus one " ?
2. What means " A friend has organized our catering " ?
3. What means " diverse city " ?

I'll thank to you all ........

Hello May Thida Su,

Bringing a plus-one means bringing a friend or partner. For example, you might invite your friend to a party and they might want to bring their boyfriend with them; in this case the boyfriend would be their plus-one.


A friend has organised our catering means that a friend took charge of ordering and paying for the food and drink.


A diverse city is one with a wide range of people: different religions, different ethnicities, different nationalities, different languages etc. Londone and New York are examples of very diverse cities. You can meet people of all kinds of backgrounds in those cities.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your reply....
This site is very helpful to me....

Hello from tunisia
This video made me love London , it looks beautiful and nice city.

The rivers needs to the plants to grow and for people to drink, washing e.t.c.
There is a Volga River in my country which is the most famous.
I would like to live in a river if there will be the necessary conditions, of course.

Hello from Mexico

I really enjoyed this lesson, I have practiced and improve listening and grammar skills... It's an excellent topic because I have learned about present perfect and something about London life.

Best regards!

Edith Ayala

hello everybody. I love these videos. It is such an amazing material. I´ve got something I´d like to ask.
It´s really hard for me to understand when at 0.45¨ he says " with a huge port". That made me go to the transcript. I´d really appreciate if someone could explain to me how he connects these word to sound like that. Some teachers say that you don´t have to understand all the words in a phase because you can get the main idea by the context, but in this case, I am missing an important detail. so what do you recommend me to help me to became a better English listener?.

Hello Armandito,

As I hear it, there are three main parts here: 'with a', 'huge' and 'port'. The first two words sound as if they are one and the 'th' in 'with' is reduced to something more like a 'd' or perhaps is even almost omitted, which makes it difficult to hear.

The word 'huge' is pronounced with an intonation that is common when we want emphasise how large something is. This is a bit redundant, really, as 'huge' is already a strong adjective, but this is the way people speak.

Finally, the final 't' in 'port' is also difficult to hear, coming as it does at the end of the sentence and after the word 'huge', which has been emphasised with intonation.

Does that help?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team