London top 10 sites
London is one of the most visited cities in the world, it is a cultural capital, the home of Dickens, the Globe Theatre, the West End. A city that never sleeps and a city to get lost in. This year in July, London will host the Olympics, which means thousands of tourists will descend on the city from all over the world. Once again London will be the centre of the world.
The London Eye
The London Eye was completed in 1999. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. The London Eye is a popular attraction giving you the opportunity to see the city skyline from a birds-eye view. It is the world’s highest observation wheel, with 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes, and holding up to 25 people.
At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous people. This is the most famous waxwork museum in the world with many famous people, from the royal family to the latest celebrities. Marie Tussaud, was born Anna Maria Grosholtz in Strasbourg, France. Tussaud created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in 1777. Eventually, she settled down in London. Nowadays, the waxwork museum is located in Baker Street, which is also the home of Sherlock Holmes.
The British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from every part of the globe. The exhibition includes the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone and mummies from Ancient Egypt, as well as artefacts from every major ancient culture from Babylon to Ancient Rome. The museum is a must see on any visit to London. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets. The nearest tube station is Russell Square.
National History Museum
If you like animals and dinosaurs, then the National History Museum is a must see. As well as the dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum has a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. The building itself is a magnificentachievement and a great example of innovative architecture. Entry is free. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most infamous sites in London, an ancient fortress with a colourful history. It is located close to Tower Bridge, a drawbridge which can rise to let ships pass. You can take a tour with one of the Yeomen of the guard around the Tower. In its 900 years old history it has been a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, an arsenal and home to the crown jewels. In its dark history many people were executed in the Tower of London, including Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were the wives of King Henry the Eight. During the reign of King Richard the Third it was said that the king had his 2 young nephews killed. The story of the young princes is one of the great mysteries of the tower, the princes were held in the tower but there is no proof that Richard killed them, so their disappearance remains a mystery.
to host[tə həʊst] – vendégül lát
to descend on [tə dɪˈsend ɒn] – megrohan, megrohamoz
to be completed [tə bi kəmˈpliːtɪd] – elkészül
Ferris wheel [ˈferəs wiːl] – óriáskerék
paid tourist attraction – [peɪd ˈtʊərɪst əˈtrækʃən] fizetős turitsa látványosság
annually [ˈænjuəli] – évente
opportunity [ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪti] – lehetőség
skyline [ˈskaɪlaɪn] – távoli várossziluett
from a birds-eye view [frəm ə bɜːdz aɪ vjuː] – madártávlatból
observation [ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃən] – megfigyelés
to come face to face [tə kʌm feɪs tə feɪs] – szemtől szembe kerülni
waxwork museum [ˈwækswɜːk mjuːˈzɪəm] – viaszmúzeum
wax figure [wæks ˈfɪɡə] – viaszbábú
eventually [ɪˈventʃʊəli] – végül, végül is
to exhibit [tu ɪɡˈzɪbɪt] – kiállít
exhibition [ˌeksɪˈbɪʃən] – kiállítás
mummy [ˈmʌmi] – múmia
ancient [ˈeɪnʃənt] – ókori
artefact [ˈɑːtɪfækt] – műalkotás, tárgyi lelet
major [ˈmeɪdʒə] – fő-
entry [ˈentri] – belépés
a collection of [ə kəˈlekʃən ɒv] – … gyűjtemény
rare [reə] – ritka
achievement [əˈtʃiːvmənt] – érdem, eredmény
a great example of [ə ˈɡreɪt ɪɡˈzɑːmpəl ɒv] – remek példája a …-nak/-nek
innovative architecture [ˈɪnəveɪtɪv ˈɑːkɪtektʃə] – innovatív építészet
infamous [ˈɪnfəməs] – hírhedt
fortress [ˈfɔːtrɪs] – erőd
drawbridge [ˈdrɔːbrɪdʒ] – felvonóhíd
Yeoman [ˈjəʊmən] – önkéntes lovas katona
place of execution [ˈpleɪs əv ˌeksɪˈkjuːʃən] – kivégzési hely
arsenal [ˈɑːsənəl] – fegyvertár
crown jewels [kraʊn ˈdʒuːəlz] – koronaékszerek
to be executed [tə bi ˈeksɪkjuːtɪd] – kivégezve lenni
reign [reɪn] – uralkodás
to be held [tə bi held] – megtarva/tartva van
there is no proof that [ðə z nəʊ pruːf ðæt] – nincs bizonyíték arra, hogy …
disappearance [ˌdɪsəˈpɪərəns] – eltűnés
to remain a mystery [tə rɪˈmeɪn ə ˈmɪstəri] – valami rejtély marad