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London. The West End / Уэст-Энд

The West End it is not far from the City and is a part of Westminster. Life never stops in the streets and squares here. The West End is a symbol of wealth and luxury. The best hotels, the most expensive restaurants, clubs, theatres, cinemas, casinos, shops and supermarkets are located here. It is also full of museums and art galleries.

The parks are probably the main attraction of the West End. They occupy the most part of its territory. They say, if gardens and parks are "lungs" of a city, Londoners must have good health. There are many lawns in the parks where people lie or sit about.

 

They say it is not difficult to make a real English lawn: one should mow and water it every day for one hundred years and the lawn is ready! Easy, isn't it?

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the largest and the most popular of the London parks. This park is famous for its Speaker's Corner which attracts a lot of tourists. Here people of different beliefs and persuasions can say what they want for those who want to hear it. Marble Arch is also here. It was built to commemorate Lord Wellington's victory over Napoleon in the battle of Waterloo.

Next to Hyde Park there is the famous luxury department store which is called Harrods.

Kensington Gardens is also one of the biggest parks.

St. James's Park is one of the royal parks. Here you can see pelicans called "Royal Pelicans". It is located right next to Buckingham Palace.

The Regent's Park is famous for London Zoo which is considered to be one of the biggest zoos in the world.

Piccadilly Circus is the heart of the West End and is the centre of entertainment. It is a famous square which is a meeting point of six streets. It is called "circus" because of its shape. In the middle of Piccadilly Circus there is a graceful statue of Eros. Piccadilly Circus is beautiful with enormous advertisments. Harrods

Soho is one of the districts located in the West End (between Regent Street and Charring Cross). The legend goes that in old days there were green fields in this place which were good for fox-hunting. When a hunter saw a fox, he cried to the dogs "So-ho!" and they rushed after the fox. Now the district of Soho is famous for its remarkable restaurants, pubs and night clubs.

There are some other famous streets.

Harley Street is the street where the highest paid doctors live.

Regent Street is best for shopping.

Charring Cross is a famous street of bookstores.

Oxford Street is considered to be the busiest street in London.

The West End is also very popular for its museums.

The British Museum is the best-known national museum of antiquities and ethnography. It is famous for its library and reading halls.

The Tate Picture Gallery on Millbank is another famous museum. It is the redeveloped bankside Power Station. Its collection contains pictures by English masters of the 19th century and the works of West European classics and modern artists (Picasso, Monet and Warhol).

the London Eye

The old district of Covent Garden is also a museum and a great fair at the same time. It is also a theatre district. The famous Royal Opera House (home of both Royal Ballet and Royal Opera) is here but you can see all kinds of theatrical performances right in the squares of the district.

A short distance to the north there is Baker Street. It is the location of Madame Tussaud's Museum, which is famous for its collection of waxworks. The Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street contains a representation of the fictional detective's apartment.

Three of London's largest museums - the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History, and the Royal Albert Hall are also here.

Another new attraction in the area is the London Eye - a ferris wheel, which at 137 metres is the world's tallest one, offering good views from its enclosed capsules.

 


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