The Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey that lives mostly along mountain ranges, river valleys, coastlines, and increasingly in cities. A study testing the flight physics of an 'ideal falcon' found a theoretical speed limit at 400 km/h (250 mph) for low altitude flight and 625 km/h (390 mph) for high altitude flight. In 2005, Ken Franklin recorded a falcon stooping at a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph).
In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, the aura is an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object; alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility.
The River Thames is a major river flowing through southern England. Its lower reaches divide London, and upstream the river flows through several other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading and Windsor.
Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. Covering 19 hectares, it lies between London's Hyde Park and St. James's Park. Together with Kensington Gardens, these parks form an almost unbroken stretch of open land reaching from Whitehall and Victoria station to Kensington and Notting Hill.
Rotherhithe is a district of central south-east London, in the Borough of Southwark. It is located on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames, facing Wapping and the Isle of Dogs on the north bank. There is no Sewage Works there outside of Bartimaeus's world.
Located in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a tourist attraction and one of the most famous squares in the United Kingdom and the world.
Whitehall, in London, is the main artery running north from Parliament Square,
which is often regarded as the heart of London. Recognised as the centre of HM Government, the road is lined with government departments/ministries; "Whitehall" is therefore also frequently used to refer to the overall UK governmental administration, as well as being a geographic name for the surrounding district.
The name is taken from the vast Palace of Whitehall that used to occupy the area but which was largely destroyed by fire in 1698. Whitehall was originally a wide road that ran up to the front of the palace. Trafalgar Square was built at its northern extremity in the early 19th century. The southernmost part by Parliament Square is Parliament Street, but there is no longer any obvious distinction between the two on the ground. Combined, the streets cover a total distance of about 0.6 mile (1 kilometre).
Parliament Square is situated outside the northwest end of the Palace of Westminster (also known as Houses of Parliament) in London. It features a large open green area in the middle, with a group of trees to its west. The East side of the square, lying opposite one of the key entrances to the Palace of Westminster, has historically been a common site of protest against government action or inaction.
St James's is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. It is bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by The Mall and St James's Park and to the east by The Haymarket. Until the Second World War, St James's remained one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in London. Nowadays it is a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. St James's is also the home of many of the best known gentlemen's clubs in London. The clubs found here are organisations of English high society.
The Nile is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times.