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    24 Maiden Ln

    London WC2E
    Covent Garden, Strand
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  • “It looks even more impressive at night when the clock faces are illuminated.” in 9 reviews

  • “The great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.” in 7 reviews

  • “Until you see this landmark in all its glory its hard to believe how outstanding it is.” in 4 reviews

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/3/2014

    can't imagine myself visiting London without a seeing a Big Ben; is my top favorite place, and when I am standing and watch this magnificent building I always have this wonderful feeling.  Now I am in London, and I am so happy!!!! When I hear the sound of the bell every half an hour is
    like a melody.  So many pictures and videos, but nothing can describe this amazing building and this beauty, only your eyes can do, so don't miss it.  I was so lucky because I was there for summer.

    Recommendations
    Visit London during Xmas and view the fireworks; it will magical!!!!! London = Big Ben!!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/4/2014

    How good can a landmark be, if all you do is stand in front of it and look at it. Well, normally you would say "Not very good", but then there are those landmarks which are great just if you see them. Because you have seen them so many times that they become iconic symbols. Like the leaning tower of pisa. Or the Eiffel tower. Or the Big Ben. Come on, it is just a clocktower but then - it is Big Ben. Make a snapshot with your phone and show your grandparents that you have been to London... WOW!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/2/2014

    Must see if you in London!!! It's something you must see in person and up close.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/11/2012

    One of my beeeeeg bug bears.
    Big Ben is the bell inside the tower. Also, the tower is now the Elizabeth Tower, in recognition of our Queens Anniversary.
    Video link: youtube.com/watch?featur…

    • Qype User Pamela…
    • London
    • 12 friends
    • 61 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/10/2008

    A wonderous an momentous icon of Britain. Along with Buckingham Palace, this is one of the outstanding features of the amazing London skyline that is known the world over. In my opinion, it is probably Londons best landmark.

    The one time that this comes into its own is during New years. I think that everyone in England has stayed up on new years eve at one time in their life, and for the bell to be the first sound of the new year. Amazing is all i have to say about this landmark.

    • Qype User blooms…
    • San Francisco, United States
    • 33 friends
    • 21 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/6/2008

    Big Ben is majestic and magnificent. What else can you say about this most famous of British landmarks?

    If you ever get the chance, go see the New Year's Eve fireworks over the river. There's really nothing like seeing fireworks over Big Ben and the London Eye, what a way to ring in the new year.

    • Qype User Harou…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 101 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/8/2008

    I sometime wonder why this building was made. Its just a big clock. but I am glad it was because it is a great sight and a symbol of London. chiming every hour it blow a breath of tradition into a thoughroughly modern London.
    Iconic.

    • Qype User smithl…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 51 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Big Ben is probably the most famous clock in the world. It's known as Big Ben becuase of the giant bell which can be heard (easily!) every time the clock reaches a new hour. Big Ben is inside St. Stephen's Tower at one end of the houses of Parliament, next to the River Thames, London. This is very impressive to see close up and makes a great photograph. In the tower next to Big Ben, if there's a flag flying or a torch burning at night it means that Parliament is in session. Well worth a look before popping over the road to check out the Namco centre or the London Eye!
    Nearest tube stop is Westminster. For alternative ways of getting there by public transport take a look at londontransport.co.uk

    See Big Ben on this webcam! earthcam.com/uk/england/…

    • Qype User Lee_Ro…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 82 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/6/2010

    What is there to say about Big Ben that hasnt already been said?

    Its big, its beautiful and its called Ben (no idea why though!!!)

    Pay it your repsects and a passing visit! Certainly an impressive piece of architecture!

    • Qype User ferrar…
    • Newcastle, Down
    • 6 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/8/2008

    On the television Big Ben does look very substantial but until I went to see it for real, I never knew how substantial it really is!

    It's an amazing piece of the London landmarks and absolutely fantastic to look at and to take photos of. The detail of the actual building is amazing.

    Well worth a visit.

    • Qype User RubixK…
    • Southend-on-Sea
    • 6 friends
    • 17 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/9/2008

    Just a random fact for you:
    At the base of each clock face in gilt letters is the Latin inscription DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM, which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.

    (:

    • Qype User katygr…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 6 friends
    • 67 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    On my recent trip to London I promised to show my fiancé a lot of the sights as he had never seen them before. We had the usual suspects on our list such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace on our list so our first stop was the huge Big Ben. My fiancé loved it, I loved it and my sister loved it and here is why.

    Ok so just in case there are people who don't know what Big Ben is. Big Ben is the huge clock tower which is in Westminster in the centre of London. it is huge and has 4 faces and actually chimes which is unusual to hear really. It is one of the largest standing clocks in the world and is an impressive sight to see. It was raised in 1834 so is very old too.

    Right so you are looking for Big Ben and what we chose to do was to walk straight from Charing Cross down by the Thames and it was so nice seeing all of the restaurant ferries and all of the nice architecture along the banks. You can get the tube to Waterloo though which is very close but I really do recommend the walk.

    Now you really cannot miss Big Ben as it is massive and takes over this part of London in my opinion as the beautiful gold structure with its imposing four faces looks amazing. It is right by Westminster Bridge and the houses of Parliament so as you can imagine it is such a impressive sight.

    It towers above the houses and Westminster Bridge and when you see it you immediately want to get a photo to say you have been there. My fiancé just stood there staring for ages. I seriously could not get him to move and we were there staring at it for about half hour.

    Have to admit though that the reason it is so nice making a visit to Big Ben is because it is such a nice area there and it is worth going to if you are in London. There is the Thames right there which is simply stunning and then there is lots to do around this area. We went over to look at the Dali museum and there was also the aquarium and the London Eye around.

    I have not got much more to say about Big Ben as for a sight seeing topic it is beautiful but in the end it is a clock. I love it and it is impressive to look at so I do recommend going to visit it but you will only be there for a little while staring at it.

    It has its reputation as it is a London sight to see and it is in a perfect area which you can spend a full day around so it is no wonder why it is always on top of 'must see in London' lists.

    Go see if you are in London.

    Thanks for reading.

    xxx

    P.S. This has been posted on other sites but always by me katygriff

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/1/2012

    One of the big landmarks of London without doubt.
    Actually the tower itself is called The Clock Tower, the bell inside is called Big ben. With every full hour the bell strikes, easy to hear !
    The most impressive thing about the bell is, that it is so old. (build in 1859)
    If you dont care about such properties, then Big Ben and The Clock Tower are not a must to see !

    • Qype User scotti…
    • London
    • 57 friends
    • 88 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/8/2008

    Quite simply a brilliant landmark and always stunning no matter how many times you have seen it before. I've had a few meetings recently down Westminster way and walking out of the tube you are just struck by what a brilliant piece of design it is. There is always something new to find when you look at it and I'd recommend this as a must see to any one visiting the Capital or the UK for the first time. And as has been mentioned above - worth seeing at night as well as in the day. Also - as mentioned above - the Houses of Parliament are right there as well - so if you're on the tourism trail you can get some ticks on your landmark boxes straight away.

    • Qype User -adam…
    • Bedford
    • 41 friends
    • 123 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/6/2009

    Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding Dong! IF you haven't seen Big Ben then you haven't lived, nowi'm no clock enthusiast but the craftsmanship that went into this one is outstanding. See it, believe it, set your watch by it!

    • Qype User lordbu…
    • Belfast
    • 45 friends
    • 88 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/7/2008

    A rare example of ingenious design from the base of the structure to the clock face its self the attention to detail is unreal. Along with the sheer size and scale of Big Ben it also adds a sense of culture and heritage to london(if not to the whole of britain) and is a perfect example of what brittish architects can come up with.

    • Qype User waides…
    • London
    • 73 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/7/2008

    Big Ben is my favourite London landmark. Whenever I take friends sightseeing round London I always start with Big Ben. I never get tired of seeing their reaction when they step out of Westminster tube station and catch their first glimpse of Big Ben. It looks even more impressive at night when the clock faces are illuminated. I also love the fact it is a working clock and a great time keeper!

    • Qype User Icaru…
    • London
    • 306 friends
    • 59 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/9/2008

    To be honest, big ben is not much on its own. Its just a clock. When it comes into its own is at night when the houses of parliament are lit as is big ben. On a nice night like the one i had a few weeks ago at a boat party going down the thames on a warm night (Yes i caught the 1 warm night!!!) You only realise then how special it is, not just as a piece of history, but as a monument that represents what we are as londoners - tall and resiliant.

    • Qype User purps1…
    • Northampton
    • 113 friends
    • 70 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/9/2008

    Big ben is one of londons most famous landmarks many moons ago when i lived in london used to requaliy get a bus there to meet a relative that used to work in the houses of commons, and walk down to the thames and across the bridge its such a stunning site if you ever visit london this would be a good place to start and whenever parliament is in session a light shines above the clocks top.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2011

    Until you see this landmark in all its glory its hard to believe how outstanding it is. Big Ben stands majestically against the sky beautifully lit at night and owning its well deserved place as Britain's most famous landmark. Take advantage of the nearby River Thames cruises. Downside-avoid all the illegal hot dog salesmen of you don't want to be ill.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/9/2012

    Most beautiful building and the biggest symbol of London!

    • Qype User lecker…
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • 4 friends
    • 17 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/5/2012

    What to tell about? It's a big tower including a big clock. Standard programm for London visitors. Anybody needs the big ben picture for his memories

    • Qype User Akira2…
    • London
    • 57 friends
    • 48 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/7/2008

    I Love Big Ben. Its amazing. Everytime i pop down to the west end, i make time to go and look at the beautiful landmark.
    Its wonderful when it gets to the hour and it starts to chime. The noise goes right through you if you are close to it. Its amazing, Next time you go down to South Bank, Go and visit Big Ben. !

    • Qype User Hayley…
    • Derby
    • 92 friends
    • 128 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/9/2008

    Big Ben is simply one of those classic places you have to see around the world.
    There is no other way to describe it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/6/2010

    Almost everything has been said so far about Big Ben and it's history. Nevertheless it's a must-see, even if you've been to London before. Don't miss the five to twelve shot or even a short video of the world famous chime.

    • Qype User Snoop4…
    • Fleury-les-Aubrais, France
    • 10 friends
    • 54 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    3/8/2010

    La plus belle horloge de Londres :) Big Ben à voir de ses propres yeux

    • Qype User mclori…
    • Farnborough, Hampshire
    • 164 friends
    • 160 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/3/2011

    You do not have to be an aficionado of architecture to appreciate this place as just walking around it blows the mind. With all the amazing carved stone no 2 pieces appear to be the same. The talent and skill required to build this palace is unimaginable and so impressive. This has to be one of the most, if not the most, beautiful buildings in the world.

    • Qype User cpm198…
    • London
    • 30 friends
    • 43 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/9/2011

    To use the word iconic is probably an understatement, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the world's most famous clock. Not to be missed if your in London.

    • Qype User eve78l…
    • London
    • 27 friends
    • 65 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/6/2008

    One of the most famous landmarks of London is this elegant clock tower. It is a sight you won't miss when you are visiting the House of Parliament. There's a light on the top of the tower that illuminates when the Parliament is sitting at night.

    • Qype User jojack…
    • London
    • 122 friends
    • 132 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/9/2008

    Big ben is one of londons most best known landmarks.It looks fantastic at night when its all lit up and still you can see the time.
    Its the one place you go to when you go to the west end.

    • Qype User iamabo…
    • Perth
    • 10 friends
    • 124 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    can't go to London and not see this famous Icon . Big Ben is attached to the houses of parlament and has a large clock face. Worth taking a photo off. Great to look at , and you can see it when going past on a bus tour.

    • Qype User MegFit…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 70 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    I appreciate the beauty and importance of this historic landmark, but I'm still a bit confused as to why it's the most popular landmark for London. Definitely worth the pictures, but you won't need to go out of your way to see it as you can snap your iconic photo from many of the other much more engaging landmarks and attractions nearby.

    • Qype User katie2…
    • Perth
    • 21 friends
    • 143 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    One part of London that i dont like.The building-The clock tower is around 316 feet tall and is made up of brick with a stone cladding. it rests on concrete foundations and has a cast iron sphere. Over the years there has been repare work done to it - if it was up to me i wouldnt bother the building is not that great, its not even the largest tunnel clock in the world anymore,so it dosnt have that going for it either .Definatly not that spectacular in looks or in any other way.

    • Qype User tfidon…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 52 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Big Ben is an icon, but as others have pointed out, it's not actually that big! What is good about Big Ben is the area it's in, so whilst you're down there staring up at a big clock, look around the area it's in. Westminster is a fascinating area. Walk around Whitehall, walk along the river, get a boat down to Greenwich. That's the thing about Big Ben it's great to see it in context, as part of a wider history and place other than just the Houses of Parliament - it's about London as a whole. So whilst it's great to look at and take in, after 5 minutes of trying to take a picture whilst getting bumped around and knocked into the road - look at the bigger picture!

    • Qype User mikegr…
    • London
    • 15 friends
    • 33 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/12/2008

    One of the great wonders of the world!!!

    • Qype User Valeri…
    • Viterbo, Italy
    • 8 friends
    • 64 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/12/2010

    The great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. This 200ft clock really surprise you, you really have to see it, even before watching anything else!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/1/2011

    Famous Big Ben. THE Big Ben. Really makes me calm when I'm looking at it..

    • Qype User Pierre…
    • London
    • 42 friends
    • 78 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/2/2011

    Very impressive and splendid architecture !

    • Qype User ciruss…
    • Badajoz, Spain
    • 5 friends
    • 68 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/4/2012

    Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is generally extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower (officially known simply as Clock Tower) as well. The clock tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It celebrated its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower was completed on 10 April 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

    • Qype User Nathan…
    • Colchester, Essex
    • 7 friends
    • 60 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/10/2008

    You can't actually visit Big Ben, but it is a great site to see and photograph. It's not at all a letdown plus it is free.

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