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Parliament Square, Westminster, St Margaret Street, London SW1A 0AA
 
 
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Big BenSir Charles Barry sought advice from Benjamin Lewis Vuillamy - clockmaker to the Queen - and Augustus Pugin when it came to designing the clock tower that is affectionately known as Big Ben today. The most famous clock tower in the wiorld, attached to the Houses of Parliament, has become a familiar and much loved landmark, its great bell chiming on the hour (and every quarter of an hour too) keeping time with Greenwich meantime. The name Big Ben was initially given to the Great Bell which was created at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and first struck in 1859. The most likely explanation of the name it that it comes from Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works from 1855-1858 whose name is inscribed on the bell. Now the moniker is the accepted name for the whole of the Clock Tower - albeit begrudgingly by some. Weighing in at 13.7 tonnes, at the time of its casting Big Ben was the largest bell in the British Isles and the clock face the second largest in the country (after the Liver Building in Liverpool). UK residents can arrange a free tour of Big Ben through their local MP but space is extremely limited and you'll need to book three to six months in advance. Overseas visitors cannot currently visit the tower.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Westminster Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Westminster
 
4 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    Conrad London St. James
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £133  24% off
    22-28 Broadway, SW1H | 7 minutes from Big Ben
    With Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St James's Park and the Thames all on its doorstep, Conrad London St. James is the ideal option for ... More
     
     
     
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £104  32% off
    Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from Big Ben
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    Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £106  31% off
    1 Addington Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from Big Ben
    Close to Waterloo, the 4 star Park Plaza is - as the name suggests - just behind County Hall. Near to the Thames, it's also convenient ... More
     
     
     
     
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    Houses of Parliament
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    Parliament Square, St Margaret's Street, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Big Ben
    Now more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster began life in 1042 as a royal residence under Edward the Confessor. The ... More
     
     
     
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    House of Lords
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 1 minute from Big Ben
    The Upper House of the British Parliament, the House of Lords is part of the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. ... More
     
     
     
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    St Margaret's Church
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Big Ben
    Standing between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, St Margaret's Church is commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons". A fine 16th ... More
     
     
     
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    Westminster Bridge
    London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
    Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Big Ben
    Westminster Bridge lies on the Thames between the Houses of Parliament and County Hall with the delights of the Southbank Centre and the National Theatre beyond. ... More
     
     
     
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    Churchill War Rooms
    London > Attractions > Museums
    Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 5 minutes from Big Ben
    Winston Churchill directed the troops during World War II from a small warren of underground rooms, which are now open to the public. Visitors to the ... More
     
     
     
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    Whitehall
    London > Attractions > Other Attractions
    Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Big Ben
    Whitehall is a historic London street with runs from Parliament Square at Westminster to Trafalgar Square. The street is recognised as the centre of the British ... More
     
     
     
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    Our Country's Good
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 19th August to 17th October 2015
    National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | 11 minutes from Big Ben
    Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, an award-winning play first performed 25 years ago which celebrates the redemptive power of art, comes to the National Theatre under ...More
     
     
     
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    The Hairy Ape
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th October to 21st November 2015
    Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, SE1 | 13 minutes from Big Ben
    Eugene O'Neill's timeless classic, a reflection on the effect of industrialisation on class and identity, The Hairy Ape, is directed by multi award-winning director Richard Jones ...More
     
     
     
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    Future Conditional
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st September to 3rd October 2015
    Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, SE1 | 13 minutes from Big Ben
    Matthew Warchus' inaugural season, stepping into Kevin Spacey's shoes as artistic director of the Old Vic, opens with Future Conditional, a new play by Tamsin Oglesby, ...More
     
     
     
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    St John's Smith Square
    London > Entertainment > Classical Music
    Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 5 minutes from Big Ben
    Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
     
     
     
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    The Slug And Lettuce
    London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
    County Hall, 5 Chicheley Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Big Ben
    Situated in the heart of London at Southbank, and right in front of tourists' favourite the London Eye, The Slug and Lettuce is the perfect place ... More
     
     
     
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    The Vaults, Arch 233
    London > Entertainment >
    10 Leake Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 8 minutes from Big Ben
    The Vaults under Waterloo are an intriguing venue that play host to a number of underground events.... More
     
     
     
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    Crockatt and Powell
    London > Shopping > Books
    119-120 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Big Ben
    If you hate the commercial, branded feel of mega bookshops like Waterstones and Borders this one's a treat. Crockatt and Powell is an independent bookshop that ... More
     
     
     
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    Foyles Royal Festival Hall
    London > Shopping > Books
    Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes from Big Ben
    The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
     
     
     
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    Greensmiths Market
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London SE1 | 11 minutes from Big Ben
    Greensmiths combines an excellent butcher's (The Ginger Pig), artisan baker's (The Old Post Office Bakery) and Covent Garden Market greengrocer's (Solstice) under one roof - all ... More
     
     
     
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    Houses of Parliament - Afternoon Tea
    London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
    Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A | Same location as Big Ben
    Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the world's most iconic buildings, The Palace of Westminster. More commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the palace's history ... More
     
     
     
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    Caffe Nero
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    1-2 Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Big Ben
    Nero is probably the best of the Capital’s coffee shop chains. Offers a wide range of authentic Italian coffee in a pleasant relaxed environment. Snacks include ... More
     
     
     
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    The Cellarium Cafe and Terrace
    London > Restaurants > British restaurants
    20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Big Ben
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    Courtauld Institute of Art
    London > Education > Arts and Drama
    Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 16 minutes from Big Ben
    The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
     
     
     
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    London College Of Communication
    London > Education > Professional Training
    Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 21 minutes from Big Ben
    From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
     
     
     
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 21 minutes from Big Ben
    The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
     
     
     
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    London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Big Ben
    Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
     
     
     
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    Jubilee Gardens
    London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
    3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Big Ben
    The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
     
     
     
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    ESPA Life at Corinthia
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Big Ben
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    Red Lion Pub
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Big Ben
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    Two Chairmen Public House
    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London SW1H | 6 minutes from Big Ben
    Two minutes away from Parliament Square and the Cabinet warm rooms, the Two Chairmen Public House is an olde worlde pub that retains a number of ... More
     
     
     
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    The Clarence
    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Big Ben
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    Bassoon Bar
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 8 minutes from Big Ben
    The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
     
     
     
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    The Tapster
    London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
    3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 9 minutes from Big Ben
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    Rockwell
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Big Ben
    Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
     
     
     
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    Westminster Abbey
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Big Ben
    Conference facilities can accommodate for up to 1100 people.... More
     
     
     
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    The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Big Ben
    Seven floors of purpose-built meeting space in the heart of Westminster, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) is a well known permanent conference space situated ... More
     
     
     
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    Central Hall Westminster
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 4 minutes from Big Ben
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    Solo exhibition that presents modern and contemporary work by the artist which will include a pair of hand made loafers ...More

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