Names, terms, dates: By the river Thames

Read and listen to Chapter 5 from the London book.

CHAPTER 5 – By the river

River Thames, the the longest river in England and the second longest in the UK; it rises in Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire and flows into the North Sea; it is 346 km long; it has been an important route for trade and transport since Prehistoric times
Globe Theatre, the the first one was built at the time of Queen Elizabeth I to show Shakespeare’s plays; the newest opened in 1997 to show the Elizabethan theatre at an interactive lesson and exhibition
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) the greatest English poet and playwright; he was born in Stratford-upon—von; from 1585-1592 he worked as an actor and playwright in London and he owned a company called the King’s Men; he wrote tragedies and comedies, the most famous works: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer night’s Dream; Hamlet
Tate Modern, the an art gallery to show the 20th and 21st century art in its 88 exhibition rooms
Millennium (Foot)Bridge, the it is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians only over the River Thames that connects the Globe with St Paul’s, designed for the Millennium, opened in 2000 and reopened after reconstruction in 2002
London Eye, the a giant Ferris wheel of 135 m high by Westminster Bridge; it can carry 800 passengers in a thirty-minute ride
Canary Wharf it is a complex of office buildings by the River Thames towards Greenwich
Docklands, the a dockland is a port / harbour area where cargo ships (vessels) can stay and leave their goods; in London it was once the biggest port area; today it is re-developed and offices and apartment buildings are built here
Thames Barrier, the a flood defence mechanism and machinery to prevent London from tidal floods opened in 1984;