The best London hotels near Oxford Street
An expert guide to the top London hotels near Oxford Street—eight minutes’ walk or less— including the best hotels for their family-friendly services and budget accommodation.
The London EDITION
Soho, London, England
This place is just off Oxford Street in leafy Fitzrovia. It will suit those who want more than a bed for the night. The multi-functional lobby makes a great entrance, though it’s the restored ceiling, old not new, that really grabs the attention. The picture- lined restaurant is an equally successful space. The rooms are a bit like being inside a luxurious cigar box, with their wood-panelled walls and artful fur sofa covers that add a feeling of warmth.
The Langham, London
Marylebone, London, England
An advert from the late 19th century declares that the Langham is situated in the “most healthy, convenient and fashionable position in London. ” Today this still holds true； the hotel is right in the centre of London. This is one of London’s oldest grand hotels. Everything feels as if it has been running the way it should for a long time. Expect enormous vases of fresh flowers in public areas, oriental furnishings and marble baths in the rooms. This is also home to Michel Roux Jr’s Roux, which does tasty French cuisine.
The Grazing Goat
Marylebone, London, England
The hotel is located on New Quebec Street, a quiet road lined with clothing shops and beauty salons about three minutes’ walk from Oxford Street. There’s something of a village feel to this area of London that is difficult to correspond with the tourist groups moments away—but it’s most welcome. Rooms have Egyptian cotton beds, Aesop toilets and walls in the color of moss green and steel blue. The food menu offers seasonal British foods with the latest trendy ingredients.
21．In The London EDITION, customers are most likely to be attracted by its .
A．multi-functional lobby B．restored ceiling
C．luxurious cigar box D．wood-panel led walls
22．What do The Langham, London and The Grazing Goat have in common?
A．They are old grand hotels. B．They serve delicious French cuisine.
C．They offer fresh flowers in their bedrooms.
D．They are located in Marylebone, London.
23．Which hotel gives customers the feeling of being in the rural area?
A．The London EDITION. B．The Langham, London.
C．The Grazing Goat. D．All the above.
I grew up with easy access to books, and I’ve always felt that I benefited from it, even if it was as simple as always having something to do. For that reason, I make sure that the children who are a part of my life also have books, often giving them as gifts.
This desire to surround kids with books isn’t just in my head. A recent study has demonstrated that children who grow up with home libraries perform better later in life when it comes to literacy(读写能力），applying math skills to everyday life and learning how to use digital technology. Reading is a gift that keeps on giving, apparently.
The study collected data from 160,000 adults from across 31 countries who participated in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies(PIAAC).The PIAAC measures adults’ skills in three categories: literacy, numeracy(计算能力）and digital literacy.
Participants in the PIAAC were asked to estimate how many books were in their households by the time they were 16 years old. The average number in the study was 115 books, but the actual numbers would vary from country to country. Turkish participants averaged 27,while those in Norway had 212 and kids in the UK had 143.The study found that the more books that were present in the home, the better the adults scored in the PIAAC evaluations.
Homes needed to have roughly 80 books to have any impact on the teens, raising PIAAC scores to the average level. Literacy scores in particular improved when more books were available, though they became steady at around 350 books. Numeracy skills improved in similar ways to literacy. Solving problems with digital technologies also saw improvement, but the score gains weren’t as steep as they were for literacy or numeracy.
Access to books also helped to bridge education differences. Those who grew up without many books in the home and received university degrees performed roughly the same as those who had access to large home libraries and only completed nine years of school.
24What is the author’s attitude towards children reading books?
A．Unconcerned. B．Doubtful. C．Cautious. D．Approving.
25．According to the study,______.
A．the only way to raise PIAAC scores is to read books
B．the purpose of the PLAAC is to measure one’s reading, math and technology skills
C．participants from the UK performed best in the PIAAC
D．the more kinds of books one reads at home, the higher score one will get in the PIAAC
26．What can we infer from the last paragraph?
A．Access to books can help one receive a university degree.
B．Bookish adolescence can make up for a shorter education.
C．Those who grew up without many books wouldn’t receive a university degree.
D．People with a basic education performed better than those with a higher level of education.
27．Which of the following is the best title for the text?
A．Reading Lots of Books as a Kid Helps Later in Life
B．Reading Books Helps Improve One’s Intelligence
C．Reading-The Best Way to Improve One’s Social Skills
D．Why Reading Makes One a Better Person
Have you ever thought of quitting your job when you feel exhausted? Maybe most of you would say “yes”. After a particularly busy period at work, I decided to get away from it all by going on a hike in the mountains in southern France.
Before I left, I read an interesting story in a magazine. It read, “Once, while I was riding on a crowded bus, the man sitting next to me threw his cell phone out of the window when his phone rang. I was surprised. He looked at me, shrugged (耸耸肩) and looked away. I had no idea whether it was his or stolen or whether he even knew what a cell phone was or not, but he clearly wanted to be free of it, because it clearly troubled him.”
Billions of people across the world use cell phones. Though cell phones are a wonderful way for communication, they often do the exact opposite. Using cell phones can increase stress within families and friends.
So when I recently returned home, I got rid of my cell phone. Now I go outside without taking my phone with me. I’ve noticed things in my neighborhood I never noticed before, such as gardens. I’ve met new people, started conversations with neighbors I didn’t speak to before and talked with some of my friends face to face instead of chatting over the phone.
Instead of keeping me off from the world, stopping using my cell phone has helped me get even closer to my family and friends.
28．According to the story, the man on the bus threw away his cell phone because .
A．it didn’t work properly B．it was stolen from someone else
C．he didn’t like the phone’s style D．he didn’t want to be bothered by it
29．We can learn from the passage that cell phones .
A．are too expensive for many people B．are of no use to the author
C．can also get people into trouble D．can make life more interesting
30．What can we learn about the author?
A．He wants to own a garden now. B．He always chatted with his neighbors.
C．He used to take his cell phone when going outside.
D．He once threw away his cell phone.
31．The main purpose of the passage is to .
A．tell us not to let cell phones control our lives
B．encourage others to hike with him in France
C．share his experiences in France with us D．teach us how to get along with neighbors
The bad health effects of sleep loss during the week can’t be repaid by longer weekend sleep, according to a new study.
Researchers have long known that sleep deprivation (剥夺) can cause weight gain and increase other health risks. But for those who force themselves out of bed every weekday after too few hours of shut eye, they hope turning off the alarm on Saturday and Sunday will repay the weekly sleep debt and remove any ill effects.
The research, published in Current Biology, crushes those hopes. Despite complete freedom to sleep during a weekend recovery period, people in a sleep lab who were limited to five hours of sleep on weekdays gained nearly three pounds over two weeks and experienced disorders that would increase their risk for diabetes over the long term. While weekend recovery sleep had some benefits after a single week of sleep loss, those gains were wiped out when people fell right back into their same sleep deprived schedule the next Monday.
”If there are benefits of catch-up sleep, they’re gone when you go back to your daily schedule. It’s very short lived”, said Kenneth Wright, director of the sleep and chronobiology lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder. ”These health effects are long term. It’s kind of like smoking once was-people would smoke and wouldn’t see an immediate effect on their health, but people will say now that smoking is not a healthy lifestyle choice. I think sleep is in the early stage of where smoking used to be.”
Wright said that the study suggests people should put sleep in the first place cutting out the ”sleep stealers” such as watching television shows or spending time on their phones. Even when people don’t have a choice about losing sleep because of child-care responsibilities or job schedules, they should think about getting sleep in the same way they would get a healthy diet or exercise.
32．What does the underlined word ”rushes” mean?
33．What will Kenneth Wright agree with?
A．Smoking is more harmful than sleep loss.
B．Weekend recovery sleep has many benefits.
C．Smoking and sleep loss have the same bad effects.
D．It takes long for people to see the effects of sleep loss.
34．What does Kenneth Wright advise people to do?
A．Take regular exercise every day.
B．Reduce the screen time before sleep.
C．Watch some TV shows before bedtime.
D．Sleep as long as possible during weekdays.
35．What is the main purpose of this passage?
A．To share some unhappy experiences. B．To show some unknown facts.
C．To promote a healthy lifestyle. D．To introduce a new study.
Once, I had an American friend. After she went back home, I never heard from her again. I can’t help but wonder if there can ever be real friendship between Westerners and us Chinese.
What is friendship? The Oxford English Dictionary says, “The emotions or conduct of friends .”In both Western and Chinese culture , we similar proverbs when it comes to friendship, such as “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”___36．
Chinese people value friendship highly. As you know, Chinese people are known to be extremely hospitable and open-hearted.___37． However, there are different types of friend ship and they treat them differently.
One type of friend in China is a” close acquaintance “who only occasionally eats and drinks and hangs out with you. In the West, they are called “a fair-weather(不可共患难的）friend. “Nikki was that kind of friend. Despite our language barrier, we had a lot of fun together..____38． Only real friends can enter your inner circle, where assistance and special care are always provided.
___39． They tend to make friends with those who share the same values or interests. When foreign friend of mine asks for favors on behalf of his or her friend, I often have to clarify whether that person is a “close friend” or just a friend, and then I will decide how much I will help.
____40． But the depth of that friendship is different. So how will you know how l feel ab out you? Well, the moment I stop being polite around you, you are my real friend.
A．They refer to anyone they know as a”friend.”
B．Friendship in the West is mostly pursued for fun.
C．However, there is a cultural gap between the two sides.
D．Of course, Westerners and Chinese people can be good friends.
E. Real friends can share all our sorrows and double all our joys.
F. The second type of friend in China is a “real friend” who is practically your family.
G. They’ll take turns with you in picking up the bill, because that’s what good friends do.
When he was 5，Nicholas Lowinger visited a homeless shelter with his mother．He was 41 to show off his new light-up sneakers．But his mom warned him against doing so 42 that these children might not have such things．
43 enough，when Nicholas met kids at the shelter，he 44 realized that they were living in circumstances that were different from his own．
“I saw other kids who looked just like me．The only 45 was that they were wearing 46 shoes that were falling apart．Some didn’t have a pair of shoes to call their own，”said Nicholas，now 15．“I’ve been 47 to grow up in a family that is able to provide me with whatever I need．A lot of kids here in the U．S．don’t have the same 48 .”
That first shelter 49 left a strong impression on Nicholas，who started 50 all the shoes he’d outgrown to local shelters．But he soon 51 that his donations weren’t that helpful．
“It 52 me that I only had used shoes to give to them 53 new shoes that fit right，”he said．“No two people’s feet are exactly the same，and 54 you are wearing someone else’s worn shoes，your feet aren’t going to be comfortable．”
So at the age of 12，Nicholas started a program that donates 55 shoes to homeless children． 56 ，his efforts were part of a community service project．With the help of his parents，he then started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation，which has donated new footwear to more than 10，000 57 children in 21 states．
“Something that seems so 58 ，a pair of shoes，can make children feel 59 about themselves and gain confidence．”Nicholas 60 other young people to do the same．
41．A．disappointed B．puzzled C．excited D．surprised
42．A．explaining B．expecting C．deciding D．judging
43．A．Terribly B．Sure C．Strangely D．Fair
44．A．actually B．possibly C．quickly D．simply
45．A．result B．problem C．reason D．difference
46．A．old B．big C．special D．heavy
47．A．brave B．fortunate C．healthy D．selfish
48．A．education B．experiences C．clothing D．opportunities
49．A．1ecture B．show C．visit D．class
50．A．donating B．posting C．selling D．delivering
51．A．remembered B．admitted C．doubted D．realized
52．A．delighted B．bothered C．amazed D．astonished
53．A．because of B．apart from C．instead of D．except for
54．A．if B．once C．until D．though
55．A．expensive B．new C．strong D．unique
56．A．At least B．In fact C．In addition D．At first
57．A．homeless B．special C．poor D．sick
58．A．useless B．simple C．funny D．cheap
59．A．warm B．1ucky C．good D．sad
60．A．forces B．commands C．prefers D．encourages
Kang Yu, a 24-year old volunteer teacher in a remote town in the mountains of Yunnan province, was teaching calligraphy to the eighth graders when all of ___61__ sudden, the clouds seemed to burst and the electricity went out.___62___ (see) that the students were staring at the rain, Kang_63____________ (immediate) got a burst of inspiration.
She told them to go outside, under a shelter, to enjoy the rain and come back to write something like a poem. Much __64_________ her surprise, the works written by the students were far beyond her expectations!
Inspired by that class, Kang founded the nonprofit, Enlighten Our Future, to help Chinese youngsters improve their mental well-being and their exam grades through poetry composition and___65________（appreciate）.She managed to persuade 13 school __66__________(adopt) the “Four Season Poetry Lessons” project, with a teaching plan, content and method she provided. So far, the poetry lessons __67____________(design) by the nonprofit have helped 68,0000students in 823 primary and middle schools, mostly in poor areas. Now Enlighten Our Future___68___________(run) by three full- time workers, including Kang, 60 part time workers,280 backups and more than 1,000 volunteers.
What’s great about poetry is that it can help one to find an__69____________(effect) way to communicate with oneself,” she says. What they need is not sympathy, but recognition, __70___________I think will influence their whole life.”
Our volleyball team will play against Yucai Middle School next Friday and you must be exciting about the game. Here let me tell you some detail about it so that you can make full preparations.
The game to be hold in our school stadium began at 3 pm and lasts 2 hours. The game is very important that all the students are required to be at present to cheer for our team. To have a good performance on the court, which is necessary for you to have good rest. I hope that our team can win the game with joint efforts or teamwork.
Looking forward to our team win the game!
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Glad to know that you are interested in what Chinese teenagers like to do online, I am writing to tell you more about it.
As smart phones have been widely used, many teenagers prefer surfing online with their phones. Shopping online and chatting with friends via Wechat or QQ are becoming increasingly popular. As for me, I like an Alipay app called the Ant Forest, which encourages users to adopt low-carbon activities. I have a great sense of achievement when I turn the energy from low-carbon life into real trees through it. Are you using this app?
What about your favorite application? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.