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Big Ben, London

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If you could only choose one icon to represent Great Britain, Big Ben would have to merit strong consideration. The name commonly describes the clock tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, but the title originally went to the bell inside the tower. The official name of the tower is Elizabeth Tower. UK residents can take a tour of the tower, going all the way to the top for spectacular views of London. If you're a foreign visitor, you'll have to be content with snapping photos from the ground. The clock tower is photogenic at any time of day, but even more so when it's lit up at dusk. Use our London travel website to add Big Ben and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • OK. I came to London and Big Ben is surrounded by scaffolding in its entirety less the clock that is working perfectly. What are you going to do. It is a lousy Tome now. It will need to be in 2020.
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  • When we arrived and we saw it we were already disappointed that this unba every single scaffolding rodedado you could see the sphere,
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  • you can't see it at the moment, as it is being renovated and scaffoldings are all around ; it is therefore frustrating :-(  more »
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  • To see Big Ben at sunset and light up as the night sky took over while we watched from the bridge was one of the many reasons we travelled to London... unfortunately we didn’t think to look up if it would be under construction. It’s undergoing restorations for the next couple years apparently and therefore barely visible. We got a great view on the clock when on the bus, but aside from that it’s not very visible.
  • This is, sadly, now closed in order for renovation work to be carried out. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell which is housed inside the tower by the Houses of Parliament. The correct name of this tower is the Elizabeth Tower. It's reported that the renovation works could take up to 4yrs before they are completed. Across Parliament Square from this monument, you can find Westminster Abbey. Around the corner is Whitehall with all its iconic buildings.
  • Clearly the most attracting place in London. The tower itself look astounding in the sun light. But you won't get the nice view if you stay too close to it. On the Westminster bridge or the St James Park is good point.
  • At times I have heard the tower being referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world; and the experience of marveling at the structure can confirm this. As the world’s largest, four-sided striking and chiming clock, the clock is one of the most historic and famous symbols of the UK and its government. The Big Ben is recognized by many people all over the world and is a prominent cultural icon of the UK. Whenever one thinks of London they most likely picture red double-decker buses accompanied with the Big Ben in the backdrop. Actually named for the largest of the clock’s five bells which strikes by the hour, the tower has also appeared in hundreds of films and music videos shot in London. That is how significant of a landmark the tower is. Even the sound of its chime, which is by no means unique, is used in many pieces of audio media in the UK, like when welcoming the New Year every year. Unfortunately a view from the tower is not accessible to the public, but views of the tower are available from other popular destinations like the London Eye and the Shard.
  • The Elizabeth tower, or Big Ben as its otherwise known, beautiful, along with the Palace of Westminster. Was lucky enough to do a tour of the Tower before it closed to the public for renovations, absolutely amazing, you have to be a British national to go up the tower, climbing every step to the top where you can walk around the back of the famous clock faces, its an experience I won't forget of the history of my city. The Palace of Westminster is also amazing for a tour, and you can also again if a British national request tickets to sit in the public gallery for PMs questions which was interesting
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