We’re just back from a lovely trip back home to the UK and inspired by two weeks in London Town, we’ve put together this printable London set featuring famous London figures and landmarks. It comes with a colouring in version and, as London is also a key topic in many schools, we’ve also put together some worksheets and activities too!
Make your own papercraft London town: Landmarks, characters and sights from London
Learn about London classroom worksheets for teachers
1. Contents • 12 PDF London activity worksheets
2. Famous London Landmarks • A brief description
3. Famous London Characters • A brief description
4. Pearly King and Queen • A brief description
5. Cockney Slang Glossary • Cockney rhyming slang phrases
6. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey • Colour-in cards
7. Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace • Colour-in cards
8. Find the missing words • Find 6 missing words related to London
9. Crossword puzzle • Six crossword clues about London
10. Wordsearch • Find 12 famous London landmarks, vehicles and characters.
11. Counting game • How many taxis, buses and post boxes?
12. Bus Route game • Which bus is going to Buckingham palace?
13. Color in • London mandala
Famous London Landmarks • A brief description
In 1837 Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace. Since then it has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns. It was constructed by John Sheffield, the Duke of Buckingham and a friend of Queen Anne. It was originally built as a townhouse and was first known as Buckingham House.
The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Britain, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.
Most Londoners would call the whole tower Big Ben, but really this name refers only to the bell. The famous clock tower is at the north-eastern end
of the Houses of Parliament. The chimes were first broadcast by the BBC on the 31st December 1923 when a microphone was installed in the turret and connected to Broadcasting House, home of the BBC.
An iconic symbol of London, the bridge crosses the River Thames, close to the Tower of London. The bridge was built between 1886–1894 and is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians. In 1977 Tower Bridge was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.
Famous London Characters • A brief description
Beefeaters are official guardians of the Tower of London. They are responsible for looking after prisoners in the Tower and protecting the British crown jewels.
The Tower of London has become so popular with tourists that the Beefeaters also act as tour guides and are a popular attraction for tourists in their own right.
The men you see in front of Buckingham Palace are the Queen’s Guard (Foot Guards). The men on horseback are from the household cavalry regiment.
The Queen’s Guards are part of the Household Division. They have guarded the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces since 1660.
The nickname for a London policeman, a Bobby, comes from the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel. In the 1800s London had problems with rampant crime and disorder and the situation needed to be controlled. Sir Robert Peel persuaded Parliament of the importance of a new police force for London. In 1829 the Metropolitan Police Act was voted in by Parliament.
Sherlock Holmes, a fictitious detective who used logic and science to solve his cases and catch dangerous criminals and villains. Sherlock was based on a real person, Dr Joseph Bell, a well known forensic scientist at Edinburgh University, who was a teacher of the author, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.
The first Sherlock Holmes story was published in 1886 and was called A Study In Scarlet. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle wrote 60 Sherlock Holmes detective stories and adventures in total. In 1939 the classic trademark deerstalker, pipe & spyglass first appeared in a series of films, starring Basil Rathbone.
The worksheets and templates are ideal for printable kid’s crafts, teacher materials and ideas in class, home school or family activity days!
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