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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 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!

Hello lellablu,

I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with the video. It seems to be working correctly as far as I can see, so I can only guess that this is a local compatibility issue. Can you try accessing the site with a different device to see if this helps? Please let us know.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Many thanks for your answer, unfortunely I have no other devices, but no problem it isn't a very serious problem, I can manage the same. All the best.

In the vocabulary question No5, shouldn't it say, "There is an exhibition OF vintage cars" and not "ON" Vintage cars ? This sentence doesn't sound right to me.

Hello Reita,

Yes, that was a mistake. I've now fixed it – thanks very much for telling us about it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I see this sentence in the transcrip of "the city of London": today it’s know as ‘Docklands’.
I wonder if it is right or wrong in grammar. In my opinion, it should be : it's known as Docklans.