Saturday, 29 November 2003
London Sights (guide)
London is one of the biggest cities in Europe. It is old and modern at the same time and there are a lot of sights you can visit.
The Tower of London was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. Beefeaters guard the Tower and tell its history.
Buckingham Palace is where the Queen lives. The Changing of the Guards is the most attractive for visitors. The guards wear red coats, black trousers and boots, and tall black hats. They must stand still all the time.
The River Thames is a very beautiful river with a lot of bridges. The best known is Tower Bridge which can lift.
In the centre of London there is Big Ben, the Clock Tower. The bell inside was named after Sir Benjamin Hall.
There are a lot of museums, theatres and squares in London. Trafalgar Square was named after the Battle of Trafalgar. In the centre of the square there is the statue of Lord Nelson, the English commander at the Battle of Trafalgar. Then, there is Piccadilly Circus, another square with the statue of Eros, the god of love, in the middle.
St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous sights in London. Sir Christopher Wren was its architect. The building is 110m high, with 627 steps going to the top. A lot of people visit the Whispering Gallery. When you whisper something on one side of the Gallery, somebody can hear it on another side.
There are three big parks in London. Hyde Park is famous for the Speaker's Corner, Regent's Park is the home of the zoo with 6,000 animals from all over the world, while at St James' Park you can feed the ducks, swans and geese.
One of the most famous shopping streets in London is Oxford Street.
The fastest way to travel around London is by the underground - the tube. But, if you want to go sightseeing, you should take doubledeckers.
When I grow up I would like to see all the sights London has to offer.
Kristijan Savanović, VI5, November 2003