London (тема)

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London is the capital of the United Kingdom, its economic, political and
cultural centre. It is one of the world’s most important ports and one
of the largest cities in the world. London with its suburbs has a

population of about 11 million people. London has been a capital for
nearly a thousand years. Many of its

ancient buildings still stand. The most famous of them are the Tower of
London, where the crown jewels are kept, Westminster Abbey and St.
Paul’s Cathedral. Most visitors also want to see the Houses of

Buckingham Palace (the Queen’s home with its Changing of the Guards)
and the many magnificent museums. Once London was a small Roman town on
the north bank of the Thames. Slowly it grew into one of the world’s
major cities. Exchange and the Bank of England are here, too. The East
End is the district where mostly working people live. The old port area
is now called «Docklands». There are now new office buildings in
Docklands, and

Different areas of London seem like different cities. The West End is

a rich man* world of shops, offices and theatres. The City of London is

the district where most offices and banks are concentrated; the Royal

thousands of new flats and houses. By the day the whole of London is
busy. At night, offices are quiet

and empty, but the West End stays alive, because this is where Londoners
come to enjoy themselves. There are two opera houses here, several
concert halls and many theatres, as well as cinemas. In nearby Soho the

pubs, restaurants and night clubs are busy half the night.

Like a*l big cities, London has streets and concrete buildings, but It
also has many big parks, full of trees, flowers and grass. In the middle
ofHyde Park or Kensmgtoa Gardens you will&inkthat you are in the

country, miles away. Many people live outside (be centre of London in
the subulbs, and they travel to work in shops and offices by train, bus
or undergrouad

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