Monuments in London: The Tower of London

Visiting London, but unsure of which monuments to go to? We’d recommend you visit the Tower of London! This Medieval monument has something for everyone, from solo travellers to families and everyone in-between.

The Tower of London is a historic building dating back to the Middle Ages. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s. William, originally from France, defeated King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings making him the King of England. He built the Tower as a sign of his royal power and because he was afraid of a rebellion. The Tower has a rich and complex history, but what is it exactly? A fortress, a palace or a prison?

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Throughout British history, the Tower has both been a symbol of awe and fear. Its primary purpose was as a fortress to protect the city and the citizens of London. However, since its construction, it has been used for many different purposes. Up until the 17th century it was used as a royal residence, some monarchs used it as a luxurious palace, it has also been home to the royal mint, at one point it was a governmental records office, it has also been a jewel house, an observatory, an armoury, and even a zoo! Nevertheless, it is most well known for being a state prison. From 1100 to 1952 many Kinds and Queens used the Tower to imprison their rivals and enemies.

Nowadays this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an extremely popular tourist attraction. Located next to Tower Bridge, this grand structure is hard to miss. It is pretty big and there are plenty of things for you to enjoy while visiting. To learn more about the Tower’s history and about those who were imprisoned, tortured and executed there, go on a guided tour with one of The Yeoman Warders, the Tower’s guards. Afterwards, you should visit the oldest and most important part of the Tower: The White Tower. When it was built, in the late 11th century, it was one of London’s tallest buildings. Inside you can visit an exhibition dedicated to suits of armour and swords. Then, why not stroll along the Tower’s walls. From here, not only will you be able to view the Tower’s grounds from above, you will also get amazing views of London and the River Thames. If you only have time to do just one thing, you must visit the Crown Jewels collection! Here you can see and marvel at some of the British Monarchy’s most spectacular royal Jewels. Some of which are still used today.

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What other monuments have you visited in London? What would you recommend, and do you have some top tips to share?


The Tower of London: Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Tower of London True or False

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Even if / Even though – English Grammar Exercise

In today’s post blog post we’re going to go over two phrases that can be a bit tricky for English language learners. Are you ready to learn and improve with us?

Do you know the difference between ‘even if‘ and ‘even though‘ in English? It’s a pretty tough part of the English language, but fortunately for you the native-speaker language teachers here at our language school in Milan are ready to help out! Have a look at the rules below and then try our latest Scrambled Eggs grammar quiz – you’ll be an expert in no time!

Even if vs. Even though

So, if it were raining you could say “Even though it’s raining right now, I’m going to the park to play football with my mates“, but if it were a sunny morning you would say “Even if it rains this afternoon I’m going to the park to play football with the guys“.

Have you got it? Try writing a couple of examples if you’re still not sure. Then, when you’re feeling confident, click on the link below for the quiz to test yourself.

Even if vs. Even though quiz

When you’ve read the explanation at the top of the page, choose the correct answers in the following quiz on even if/even though.

If it still seems a bit tricky, have you considered coming to our Milan language school for a lesson? Our qualified and experience native-speaker instructors are ready to jump into action to help you with whatever problems you may be having with English. If you haven’t studied with us before, you can book a free introductory Level Test here: http://scrambledeggsinglese.it/prenota-test-di-valutazione/

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Biggest Achievements – Esercizio Ascolto Inglese B1/B2

Put your English listening skills to the test with this exercise for levels B1 and B2 for English language learners.

Have you ever gone through a difficult period in your life? How did it feel? How about when the period was over?

Listen to the three speakers, all with US American English accents, and try to fill in the blanks to see how strong your English comprehension is.

Before you get to the exercise, have a listen (or two) to the audio about the three stories and try to extract some information as you learn.


Biggest Achievements - Fill in the Blank English Quiz

Test your English listening knowledge with the following exercise!