London is worth sightseeing
Its a pity I haven't been to London yet, but I have read a lot about ft. So I have no doubt that London is worth sightseeing!
Sightseeing tours in London usually start in Trafalgar Square. Ifs the centre of London, and I think ifs the best starting point for anybody's tour of the English'capital Tourists are particularly impressed by the Nelson Column there in the centre of die square. You can see it in many pictures, but you should see it in reality. Imagine, if s 185 feet high.
From Trafalgar Square you can go along down Whitehall and see the Houses of Parliament which stand in Parliament Square. It is a very large square. And no people around, only a tall policeman in the middle. The Houses of Parliament is a tag building that stretches for about 1,000 feet. At one end is the famous Big Ben. Behind is the Thames and Westminster Bridge. Of course, I'd fike to mention Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey is a beautiful old chapel. It seems that the walls are all made of glass and it is surprising that they can hold a heavy stone ceiling like that. The oldest part of the Abbey is very ancient — it dates back to the 8th century. In the Abbey one sees several tombs that are made of gold and precious stones. Many English kings and queens are buried here. The south side of the Abbey is called die Poets' Comer where many of the most famous English writers are buried: Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Tennyson and Thomas Hardy. Here, too, are memorials to Shakespeare, Byron, Scott, Burns and Thackeray.
I must say that in London one meets the past and the present, the old and the modern. It is a city of contrasts.
If you are tired of walking about London, you can get on a bus — a double-decker, of course, and you can see everything very well from the top deck. The first impression is an endless stream of traffic — buses, axes, cars. As you get off the bus, yo can come across a pavement artist or a musician playing a guitar or a pipe.
London consists of three parts: the rich West End, the poor East End and City - its financial centre. Today over 50,000 ships come to London fly, and the part of the Thames where the London port is situated is the busiest waterway in the world.
I am interested in the history of London. I did a lot of reading on it. What impressed me mostly in the history of London is the Great Fire of London. It happened in the middle of the 17th century. The fire burnt for five days and destroyed the greater part of the city which was built with wooden houses. A monument near London Bridge still marks the spot where the fire broke out Sir Christopher Wren, the famous architect of that day, took part in rebuilding the city. After the fire wider streets and brick houses were built. The old church of St. Paul was among the buildings destroyed by the fire. In its place Wren built the present beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral. He lies buried under the roof of his own great work. These words are written on his grave:"If you want to see his monument, look around".