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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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  • We were among the thousands of people that stood near Big Ben today to hear the lady chime for at least the next FOUR years! Sadly, Big Ben is due for some major repairs! But he stood proud today and ...  more »
  • A must see, shame that the building be disfigured by scaffolding tarpaulins. But still worth the view.
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  • Looks well although building work kinda took the shine off . And now the bell won't chime for 4 years apparently  more »
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  • Ah, the clock for which I was named after. Not really, IT was named after ME. Not really, but you could imagine... We really just walked by Big Ben as we were heading somewhere else across the bridge. It actually is quite large, but I can see why they went alliterative with the 'Big' instead of calling it 'Quite Large' Ben. That's why they get paid the big bucks, those guys that name things. I hear the whole thing looks pretty cool at night, but we only went by in the daytime and it was still cool.
  • The attention to detail in the architecture of Big Ben is fascinating. The shear size is easy to underestimate from a distance. Go when the weather is good and enjoy a nice coffee while strolling around Westminster
  • The Big Ben looks spectacular. Though it is just a clock, It's unique as there aren't many buildings in it's architectural style.
  • . Heard the name and the tune from Childhood... . God willingly, we visited the Big Ben, many times, afterwards! . Love the Architecture and . Also the technology! . High scope for photography in the day & night . Family, friends and children . Stand photography from the London Eye Is exciting! Note: Heard that our dear Big Ben will go silent for repairs and will be back.
  • Not many people know Big Ben is actually the name of the giant mouse that lives behind the clock face. He enjoys lobster dinners and Haribo. With a wry wit and contemporary style he's a ladies mouse. If you look closely you might just see the corner of his kimono floating in the wind as he watches you...

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