Big Ben

Top choice landmark in The West End

Image by Helen Hotson Five Hundred Pixels

The most famous feature of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) is Elizabeth Tower, more commonly known as Big Ben. To add to the confusion, Big Ben is actually the 13.5-tonne bell hanging inside the 315ft-high tower and is thought to be named after Benjamin Hall, the commissioner of works when the tower was completed in 1858.

A major three-year £61 million refurbishment project began in 2017, with the tower's famous chimes potentially being silenced for part of the works.


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