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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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  • 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 man/mouse. If you look closely you might just see the corner of his kimono floating in the wind as he watches you...
  • Big Ben is more than just a tourist spot. It's got a rich history dating way back and it is the most iconic place to visit in London. The Westminster Bridge is filled with people taking beautiful photographs of Big Ben and taking selfies. It was my first time visiting and I absolutely loved it. It's no wonder people say London is the best city in the world - I 100% agree!
  • My preferred place to look at it is Trafalgar Square, it gives you a better perspective. From the other side of the Thames it looks magnificent. To look at it from Westminster Bridge became frightening lately, but I would take the chance as the risk now has decreased as there is more surveillance. And from Westminster Abbey it is possible to see all its details. The monument looks fantastic from every one of the above named locations. A must see in a lifetime.
  • Big Ben has quite a rich history. You can't even imagine. Firstly and foremost Big Ben is the name of the great bell inside the tower (yes, there are more bells).After its construction there were few difficulties like it couldn't fit in the tower, cracked few times and more.
  • Amazing Icon of London! Was surprised to find out that the 'Big Ben' was named after a man who used to sound the towers bell for many years, he was a very big man and named Ben so people used to call him 'Big Ben' so the tower got named after him... Cool fact hey!

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