A Walk in LONDON with MY SISTER | British English Listening Practice


‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner’ Eat Sleep Dreamers, look who I have right
with me. Hello. She’s back again, my sister is back. Welcome. Thank you, thanks for having
me again. Thanks for coming. I got so many comments from you guys saying ‘I love your
sister, she’s amazing’ so I kind of had to bring you back. Guys! I hang out with her
enough, I don’t want to have to do it with you on my channel as well. Work, weekends!
So where are we? We’re in London! Yeah, we are walking along the river in London. We’re
actually going to Shakespeare’s Globe, we’re going to go and see a play for my birthday.
A very cultural experience. Yeah, so very kindly Annie got me a ticket to see Shakespeare.
To see ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ so we’re just having a little walk around before. Coffee.
Yes, a little coffee and a little walk. So he doesn’t fall asleep. And a little walk
around London. Obviously Annie and I, we’re from London and I wanted to sort of talk about
the city with you and what it means to be a Londoner with you and stuff like that. So
yeah, like what does it mean to you when you are walking around London what does it mean
to be a Londoner? I think my love for London has really grown since leaving London. I think
when I was young, it was just where we were brought up and I took it completely for granted
and then over time, years travelling, seeing different parts of the world you get a certain
pride in your own country and your own town. That maybe you don’t have when you are young
because you just think everyone grows up in London and you can’t really perceive people
have different experiences growing up. And now, now that I’m outside London coming back
in is such a thrill. I mean today, I was on such a high when I met you. Yeah you were
buzzing. I was buzzing, I was like ‘I’m in London! This is amazing’ I love this place.
Well especially as the train station brings you right into the centre, so you are in the
heart of it. Yeah, exactly. We’re just walking through a little tunnel. So yeah there’s just an energy and a buzz
about London and the fact that today we had a pizza by the river, we just went and got
a coffee in Borough market, we’re about to go to the Globe to watch Shakespeare and then
we’re going on to the Tate to look at some art, you know, you can squeeze that in. Yeah.
You just get your fix of everything. Definitely. I think what I love about London as well is
that there’s old and new like right next to each other. Like for example old and new.
That was a joke. No but like for example we’re walking right now, we’ve got St Paul’s Cathedral
which is, you know, built in I think like the 1600s. Oh here we go! Something like that,
I’m not quite sure but a long time ago. And then the Millennium bridge. Which was built,
you know, seventeen years ago. And you’ve got that kind of. Yeah the juxtaposition of
the old and the new. I knew that was the word you were looking for. Help you out. And I
thin what else is special about London is, a bit like you were saying, you just have
these pockets all around and so you know we were in Borough market just now and that had
a completely different feel from being by the river. This has got a different energy
about it and Borough market was small stalls and little independent businesses and now
we are here with offices and there’s a school and boats and you know. Definitely, well we
were talking earlier about like the sort of village aspect to London and London people
say is made up of lots of little villages isn’t it. And you find your village. You find
your village and that’s your community and it’s also got a distinct personality so you
know, it’s got its own kind of style of houses or its own feel about it and that’s really
nice I think, you kind of find your community. But then I was saying that I haven’t been
back to Borough market in years because once you find your village you sometimes you are
bad about going to different parts of London. Yeah, that’s true. And that’s what’s so nice,
is you said ‘Come on let’s go get coffee there’ and you explore a different part. A part that
I actually haven’t been to for about ten years, it’s crazy. Yeah, definitely. Alright, we’re just getting to the Globe Theatre.
Very exciting. I remember we went to the Globe theatre years ago and this is. So the Globe
theatre is basically, in fact explain to me. So it’s where Shakespeare used to originally
perform his plays, it’s the same spot but they have re-done the building so it’s not
obviously the original building but it’s an improved version but done in the old style.
Yeah and it hasn’t got a roof so it’s completely open air. So when it rains, you get wet. If
there’s a helicopter goes over. You hear it, which there will be in London. I remember
we went years and years ago and Hilary Clinton was in the audience. That was pretty cool.
Very impressive and all her security. Yeah. So we’re going to go in. Are we sitting or
standing? We’re standing. Ok, are we? Like the groundlings. Oh god! We have to stand
for three hours. It’s the authentic experience. Alright, ok. It’s the interval, how’s it going? We’re feeling
very inarticulate, very unfunny in comparison to the amazing Shakespeare play. Yeah, it’s
really funny, it’s like laugh-out-loud funny. What a place to watch a play, right? Amazing.
That’s the thing, it’s just the atmosphere and it’s so alive. You notice before the helicopters
going overhead, you are in London. And there’s a real energy from the audience. Yeah. And
what’s really cool is that this is in the heart of London. You are right in the city
centre. A few metres from the Thames. Yeah and yet it feels like we could be in like
the 1600s or Shakespearean times. This is how it was in those days, amazing. Yeah, just
with a few more iPhones and stuff. Alright, so we’ve just got to, to the Millennium
bridge. The wobbly bridge. Yeah, I’ve told this story before but for you guys that haven’t
heard it. So when this bridge was opened in around 2000, wasn’t it? It was a very windy
day and people started to walk across it and the wind was so strong that the bridge wobbled,
it swung from side to side and people were kind of. Panicking. Going around, and so they
had to close it, didn’t they? And then re-opened it. They put some dampeners in to stop it
moving. And they re-opened it a year later. So we call it the wobbly bridge. It’s never
lost its nickname, its infamous nickname. But it’s brilliant, it’s such a beautiful
bridge. Like you said again, the old leading to the new. The new leading to the old with
St Paul’s in the background. The old there and then it leads right round to the Tate
Modern. Where I’m dragging you to later. Yeah, we’re going to head there later. Culture! So we’re just crossing the Wobbly bridge.
So I was thinking about London and about what makes London London and I think it’s like
the multi-culturalism. Yes. And it’s like the way that it’s kind of, it’s embraced.
You know, like as you are walking around London, like there’s every culture, there’s every
race and I think that’s one of the wonderful things isn’t it? There’s everything, it’s
a melting pot of everything and I kind of love that. Like even as we are walking here
it’s like everyone from everywhere. Yeah and everyone leading their own little lives but
brought together as a whole. And everyone does just get along, just gets on you know?
Yeah it definitely feels like it. That’s a really special thing about London. Yeah and
everyone is allowed to be who they want to be. You don’t have to conform to a certain
type. In fact everything is embraced, isn’t it? No, absolutely you can kind of express
yourself the way you want to do it. It’s kind of accepting, it accepts, the city accepts
anyone. And I think that’s why people seek it out because in other parts of the United
Kingdom maybe you have to conform a bit more but then people find their way to London because
anything really goes and there’s a space and a place for everybody and that is quite special.
Yeah, I agree. Alright, so what’s your favourite building in London? I’m going to give you
my one first of all. Well i love Summerset House but the Shard, in terms of new buildings
I love the shard. The way the sun set it reflects the light, you know and suddenly it looks
like this incredible. And you are almost on a par with the planes, almost on the same
level as the planes coming in over London. You can practically wave to the passengers.
Yeah, remember when we took Stan up there and there were people cleaning the windows
right outside on like the 50th floor or whatever. Scariest job in London. Yeah, that was pretty
scary. Yeah, that was another great birthday present. Yeah It was. So many good ones for
you. So inspired! What did you get me? A book? Woah! So what’s your favourite building in
London? I think we might be looking at it right now. Ohhh! I think what’s so great about
St Paul’s Cathedral is it withstood two world wars. Unbelievably didn’t get bombed, so it
is one of the oldest. I think it did get bombed, juts not terribly. Well, it’s still looking
pretty good. Yeah it’s looking good. I think it’s aright. I think it’s done ok. It’s pretty
symbolic, isn’t it of London. It’s pretty symbolic and even the way they’ve lined up
this bridge here so that you go straight up to it, I think is pretty impressive. Alright, we’ve had a great walk around London.
My battery going so we’re going to say goodbye. Bye Eat Sleep Dreamers! We’ll see you again
definitely, I’ll bring my sister along again. I know that’s why you watch these videos just
for her. Thank you for hanging out with me. I’ve loved it. It’s been super fun. We’ll
walk around London again. Wait shall we just finish with a song. Ok. ‘Maybe it’s because
I’m a Londoner, that I love London so. And maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner I think
of her wherever I go.’ Bye!

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