You are here

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


London looks very nice. I like it and I would want to line in a houseboat on the Thames river.

I love London and anything that has to do with this city. I have never lived there though. I have visited it so many times, and I still haven't seen everything I would like to see there. It has got so many things to offer. "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. " Samuel Johnson

In the transcript (time code 3:20 - 3:22) Gareth said: "Well, some scientists think we might experience a new mini ice age with very cold winters and in the summer we’d experience flooding due to melting ice sheets. " What does "we’d experience" stand for? It stands for we would, right? why the first sentence he uses " might" and then he doesn't use " might"?

Hello XuMinHa,

'Would' here is used to describe a hypothetical future. The speaker uses 'might' to suggest a future possibility and then goes on to describe it in hypothetical terms. There is an implied if-clause in the sentence:

Some people think we might experience... If this were true then we would experience... 



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your help

In the transcript:
"And today it's know as ‘Docklands’." should be "And today it's known as ‘Docklands’."

Hello moein,

Yes, you're right. Thanks very much for telling us about this mistake.

I've just fixed it and LearnEnglish is a better place now, thanks to you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, Do you think I could know about the instrumental music played in this video ?

This site is marvelous! I'm learning a lot! better than load of schools here in my city!

Hello SonuKumar,

I'm afraid I can't tell you anything about the music used. Generally the music for these videos is specially made for us by studio musicians and is not taken from elsewhere.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team