London, EnglandAs well as being the capital of England, London is the capital of theUnited Kingdom. It is one of the greatest, most colourful andinteresting cities of the world, and it tops the list of the cities Iwould like to visit. I know a lot about it – I have studied its map,seen a lot of postcards, talked to people who have been there.Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine I walk down Piccadilly, Regentor Oxford Street, cross the Thames by London or Tower Bridge, or knockon the door of Number 10, Downing Street, just to say A“Hi!A” to TonyBlair.======================================================================
London is a city which was never planned. It has accumulated. So, itincludes the City of London, the West End and the East End. The cityis really large A– more than 8 million people live in so-called GreaterLondon A– that is, London and its suburbs. It stands on the both sidesof the river Thames and 14 bridges span the river. The Thames,described variously as A“liquid historyA” and the A“noblest river inEuropeA” is graced in London with a score of bridges, tunnels and abarrier, but until 1750, when the first Westminster Bridge opened,London Bridge was the one and the only. The first one built in stonefrom 1176 to 1209 became renowned throughout Europe for its houses anda chapel dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury. Several of Londonbridges have special features A– Hammersmith Bridge has ornamentalmetal work and Vauxhall has larger than life bronze figuresrepresenting pottery, engineering, architecture, agriculture, science,fine arts, local government and education. Among the boats which plythe river, few attract more attention than the Oxford and CambridgeUniversity Boat Race.
London was founded by the Romans in 43 A.