Queen landmarks in London

You can find below a map with London areas related to the rock band Queen. It includes some of their former homes, as well as landmarks in their career (for example, the venue where they played their first ever gig).

Writing reviews- examples in real contexts

In this video you can find real examples of positive comments and adjectives to describe theatre plays and musicals. Many of these adjectives could be used as well to describe films or even books.

The pictures of the billboards were taken in London’s West End only some days ago to illustrate the language related to this topic in real use. Bear in mind, however, that these are all examples of rave reviews (extremely positive reviews), as they want to attract potential audiences.

pdf file of the slides here.

Some of the flyers we’ve used:

Remember you can use some of these tips to improve your writing tasks:

Pop/ rock locations across London- map

If you’re interested in pop /rock music, you can find below a list of relevant locations across London. You may find:

  • pop / rock stars’ homes
  • recording studios
  • concert venues
  • businesses related to pop/rock music

Pronunciation studio: tips on how to improve your English pronunciation

If you’re interested in improving your English pronunciation or are into phonetics and pronunciation, this website may be useful to you. Pronunciation Studio is a school in Central London which specialises in teaching “standard” British pronunciation to Speakers of Other Languages, aiming at “accent reduction”. They offer a free sample to download from their e-textbook, as well as a free taster lesson in their premises, which I recommend, should you ever happen to be in London and have an hour and a half to spare.

Additionally, they keep a very resourceful blog, where they deal with the pronunciation of different sounds in isolation, place names, onomatopoeias; they write comments on different accents of British English…All the posts include written explanations and audio files, to actually hear from native speakers the point being discussed.

Unseen tours- London

Unseen Tours is a “Social Enterprise working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners”. They provide walking tours of different areas in London, but from a different perspective: instead of focusing on ‘canonical’ history (the deeds of important people), the guides tell the stories of ordinary people living in the area, and from a (former) homeless person’s point of view. That gives the tours an interesting turn.

I took the Brixton tour some time ago. I was especially interested in the vision of that particular area through different eyes. The tour was informative, and comprehensive. Maybe a bit too crowded, but it may be my fault, as I assumed we would be the only people taking the tour, which wasn’t the case. But we happened to meet other fellow teachers as well, and made contact with them, so a win-win situation in the end.

There is a booking fee for the tours charged at the time of booking.



Keep Calm and Carry On?

Some years ago, the WWII propaganda poster “Keep calm and carry on” was discovered (watch this video for the story behind the poster). Apparently, it never saw the light of day, until 2001. Since then, parodies, tributes and cultural appropriations have spread ad nauseam, both in the UK and worldwide, as some would argue (read this BBC article).

On a different note, this summer, I could not help but stumble upon Minion-related stuff every minute, wherever I went, even back in Spain. So, imagine my reaction when I came across this:


Here’s what London looks like with all the people removed

A través del blog de Time Out London descubrí este video sorprendente / inquietante, que muestra los sitios emblemáticos (y siempre abarrotados de gente) de Londres, completamente vacíos de peatones, coches…Al estilo de Abre los Ojos, de Alejandro Amenábar, y su Gran Vía de Madrid desierta, o 28 Days Later, ambientada en el propio Londres.

y esta la versión “real”: