English literature was always represented by outstanding writers and poets. Great Britain is a place of birth of William Shakespeare, John Milton, Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Somereset Maugham and many other famous and extremely talented authors. (далее…)
The Tower of London is one of the most famous and most interesting places in the city. The Tower was once a palace, a fortress, a prison and even a Zoo. Today it is known as a historical museum.
Despite being called “The Tower of London”, the place consists of 20 towers. The White Tower is the oldest of them. It was built at the time of William the Conqueror. The Tower of London used to be a place where many famous people lived their last days before execution. Anne Boleyn was beheaded there and future Queen Elizabeth was kept in the prison but later she was released and became Queen. (далее…)
BBC Television is a part of the British Broadcasting Corporation that has operated in the UK since 1927. BBC has several TV stations and also produces its own programmes. It goes without saying that BBC is one of the world’s biggest TV production companies.
However, there was a period when the company stopped its work. During World War II, the broadcasting was stopped because the staff had to participate in war and the transmissions could act as a signal to the aircraft of the enemy. The last programme was trasmitted in 1933 and then the station started to work again only in 1946. (далее…)
London is a place where many historic buildings and tourist attractions are situated. Westminster is considered to be a political centre of the city where many offices are placed. However, the main part of Westminster is obviously the Abbey. It is located near the Houses of Parliament.
Westminster Abbey is a place where all English kings and queens were crowned and Royal wedding ceremonies took place. In addition, many royalties and great people are burried there: Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Bernard Show, Lord Byron, Walter Scott and many others. (далее…)
Union Jack is the name of the flag of the United Kingdom. Union Flag, as it is officially called, is a combination of several flags: Scottish, English and Irish. The creation of the flag started when Scotland joined England and Wales.
It originally consisted of English and Scottish flags: St. Andrew’s cross, blue flag with a white cross, was joined with English St. George’s Cross, white flag with a red cross. This way original Union Jack of 1606 was a blue flag with two crosses (white and red). Later, in 1801 when Ireland joined the union a red cross from St. Patrick’s Cross (Irish flag) was added to the flag and the Union Jack began to look as it does today. (далее…)
Big Ben is one of the most famous tourist attractions in London. The name of the clock-tower refers to the huge bell that is situated in the tower. The tower is a part of the Palace of Westminster that is situated by the river Thames.
Nowadays, Big Ben is a national symbol which delights the eye of any citizen and tourist. The big clock officially started working on 31 May 1859. It is said that the monument was named after Sir Benjamin Hall who controlled the work of the bell. (далее…)
Manchester is a nothern English city that is considered to be one of the most essential ones in the country. It is located near to Liverpool and the population of the city is somewhat more than 400.000. The city is very old – it was built by the Roman in 80 AD as a fort. However, after the Roman army left Britain, the fort was ruined.
Only in the 7th century the Saxons created a village in that place. At that time the most part of the area was covered with forest and was thinly populated. The situation changed only 5 centures later. Trade and commerce developed steadily and caused the growth of population. (далее…)
Traditionally British cuisine is considered to be rather primitive and unvaried. Some people even say that there is no any specific cuisine in Britain. However, many well-known and World’s best chefs are of British origin. Consequently, there must be something about eating habits and traditions that characterise the country.
It is true that traditional British meals are rather plain and easy to cook, but they have a good and natural taste at the same time. Much attention is paid to the food quality that is why people in Great Britain choose it accurately. In addition, they prefer local products that are produced within the country or grown naturally by farmers. (далее…)
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Despite being the place where many official events are held, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are also open to visitors every summer.
The Queen and the Royal Family stay at the Palace on weekdays. They have rooms on the first floor of the north wing. When the Queen is staying the Royal Standard flag is flown above the central balcony. The Queen has an office where she usually works. Prince Charles has his own office and library there. (далее…)
London is famous not only for its tourist attractions like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and others, but for beautiful and stunning parks as well. There are many park areas in London, each of which is loved both by citizens and toursits.
Green Park is the smallest of capital’s eight Royal Parks. It has a triangle shape and it is situated next to Buckingham Palace. Originally the park was opened as a hunting ground by Charles II. Only in 1826 Green Park became available to public. (далее…)