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A brief introduction to London, olympic city.

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  • 1. LONDONOlympic city
  • 2. LocationLondon is the capital city of Great Britain.It is in the south-east of England,on the River Thames.More than 7 million people live in London.Millions of tourists visit the city every year. 2
  • 3. River ThamesThe River Thames flows through London.It is 338 km long and 245 m wide here.Even big seaships can visit London. 3
  • 4. TransportIt is a very big city, so you can´t walk everywhere.People travel by car, bike, motorbike, bus, taxi or underground.There are lots of double-decker buses and black taxis in thestreets of London. 4
  • 5. But most of the people travel on the London underground, knownas THE TUBE.It was the first underground system in the world. 5
  • 6. Monuments and buildings 6
  • 7. Buckingham PalaceThis is the home of the Queen.The palace has got 600 rooms but the Queen only lives in 12.Many guards protect the palace. They wear special hats.There is a ceremony called “The Changing of the Guard”. 7
  • 8. Her MajestyThe Queen of Great Britain is Elizabeth II.Her husband is the Duke of Edinburgh.This year she is celebrating her GoldenJubilee. 8
  • 9. Big Ben and the Houses of ParliamentThe British Parliament has got more than 1000 rooms.Big Ben, the big clock tower, is the symbol of London.It strikes hours. 9
  • 10. Trafalgar SquareThe name of this square comes from a famous battle in 1805.In the middle of the square there is Admiral Nelson’s Column, a captain in that battle.There are always a lot of people and pigeons on the square.Every winter there is a big Christmas tree which is a gift from Norway.On New Year’s Eve people gather around the tree and hear Big Ben at midnight. 10
  • 11. Westminster AbbeyAll English kings have been crowned and buried in the church since 1308. 11
  • 12. The Tower of LondonThe Tower of London has been a fortress, a palace, an arsenal, a mint, a prison, an observatory, a zoo, the home of the Crown Jewels and a tourist attraction. 12
  • 13. BeefeatersThe quards of the Tower are called Beefeaters.A legend says that if the ravens leave, the Tower and the country will fall. 13
  • 14. Tower BridgeThe most famous bridge in London is Tower bridge.Tower Bridge is a bascule-bridge.The bascules will open to let ships pass through. 14
  • 15. The London EyeThe London Eye is an enormous wheel next to the River Thames.It´s 135 metres tall.You can see incredible views of London from the top. 15
  • 16. Museums and art galleries 16
  • 17. The National GalleryThis is the National Gallery. It is in Trafalgar Square.Here you can see paintings of lots of famous artists: Picasso, Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, …“The sunflowers” by Van Gogh, is here. 17
  • 18. Madame Tussauds WaxmuseumHere you can see famous people, good and bad, made of wax.This is the King Henry VIII and his wives and the Beatles. 18
  • 19. Parks and gardens 19
  • 20. Hyde ParkLondon is also very famous for its parks and gardens.There you can walk, jog, run, play, have a picnic or simply relax and get away from the noise.One of the most famous is Hyde Park and its “Speakers Corner”. 20
  • 21. ShopsIn London there are more than 40.000 shops.The most famous shopping centre is Harrods. 21
  • 22. Oxford StreetOxford Street is more than 2 km long and it has got more than 300 shops. 22
  • 23. Covent gardenCovent Garden is the centre of street life.There you can find street entertainers and buskers. 23
  • 24. HamleysThis is the most fascinating toy shop in the world. 24
  • 25. A fascinating cityLondon is a fascinating city.There is always something to do in London.Samuel Johnson, a famous English writer, said in 1777:“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” 25
  • 26. London, Olympic cityThe 2012 Summer OlympicGames, officially the Games ofthe XXX Olympiad, will takeplace in London from 27 July to12 August 2012. 26
  • 27. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. 27
  • 28. The Olympic ParkThe main focus of the games will be a new 200 hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of many venues which were already in place before the bid. 28
  • 29. Olympic mascots:Wenlock and Mandeville 29