Big Ben  

 
 
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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 £186  40% 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 £113  42% off
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 | 7 minutes from Big Ben
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a modern, design-led hotel a short walk from some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Big Ben and ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza County Hall Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £113  23% 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
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Big Ben
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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 ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Downing Street
London > Attractions >
Downing Street, SW1A | 6 minutes from Big Ben
Best known for the house at no. 10, Downing Street is at the heart of Westminster and British politics. Closed to members of the public, the ... More
 
 
 
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The Revolutionary Drawing Room
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 26th May 2019 - 3pm
Big Ben, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Big Ben
The quartet performs Mendelssohn's Capriccio and String Quartet In E Flat, and Beethoven's String Quartet In E Flat....More
 
 
 
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Swiss Philharmonic Academy
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 28th May 2019 - 7.30pm
Big Ben, Smith Square, SW1P | 5 minutes from Big Ben
Martin Studer conducts Sibelius's Finlandia, Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 In D Minor, Haydn's Concerto-Aria 'Scena Die Berenice' and Elgar's Enigma Variations, with pianist Frederic Bager ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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Witness For The Prosecution
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October 2017 to 29th March 2020
Big Ben, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Big Ben
Set the Debating Chamber of London's County Hall - a room which resembles a courtroom in every way - Lucy Bailey's site-specific staging of Agatha Christie's ...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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
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. Prime among them is the annual ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Big Ben
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Vintage Vauxhall Antiques Market
London > Shopping > Markets
The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 | 10 minutes from Big Ben
On the second Saturday of the month Vintage Vauxhall brings together collective of dealers specialising in vintage, antiques, architectural reclamation as well ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Cellarium Cafe and Terrace
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Big Ben
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Near 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 18 minutes from Big Ben
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Garden Museum
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Big Ben
Adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames , the Garden Museum provides an insight into the ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London Big Ben.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Red Lion Pub
London > Nightlife > Pubs
48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Big Ben
Right across the street from the Houses of Parliament, the Red Lion is perfectly positioned for politicos to pop in for a pint after a heated ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 9 minutes from Big Ben
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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Big Ben clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 9 minutes from Big Ben
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Walkers Of Whitehall
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Craig's Court, St James's, London SW1A | 10 minutes from Big Ben
Built in 1694 on Craig's Court, just south of Trafalgar Square, Walkers of Whitehall was originally ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Big Ben.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Central London's largest conference and events venue has welcomed an array of illustrious speakers through the ages - including Gandhi, Churchill and the Prince of Wales. ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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The Revolutionary Drawing Room
Concerts | On 26th May 2019 

St John's Smith Square 5 minutes walk from Big Ben

The quartet performs Mendelssohn's Capriccio and String Quartet In E Flat, and Beethoven's String Quartet In E Flat....More

Mandela: The Official Exhibition
Mandela: The Official Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 2nd June 2019 

26 Leake Street 8 minutes walk from Big Ben

Following on from the Southbank Centre's centenary exhibition last year, another Nelson Mandela Exhibition comes to London in 2019. Taking ...More

 
Variety Club 4 Kids
Variety Club 4 Kids
Theatre | Until 8th June 2019 

Underbelly Festival 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

Award-winning cabaret star Mat Ricardo and Comedy Club 4 Kids join forces to bring his critically-acclaimed variety shows back to ...More

 
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall
Kids Events | Until 28th July 2019 

Underbelly Festival 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

DJ mum Monski Mouse invites young children and their parent or carer to dance along to funky nursery rhymes. Following ...More

 
Marcus Miller
Concerts | On 26th May 2019 

Southbank Centre 10 minutes walk from Big Ben

The American jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist is best known for his genre-defying bass-playing, which fuses funk, soul and jazz....More

The Comedy Store Players
Comedy | On 26th May 2019 

Comedy Store 15 minutes walk from Big Ben

Improvisational humour from Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Ian Coppinger, Steve Edis, Ruth Bratt and Stephen Frost....More

99 Comedy Club Leicester Square
Comedy | On 26th May 2019 

Ruby Blue 16 minutes walk from Big Ben

Social observations and energetic stand-up from Ahir Shah. Plus Larry Dean and Matt Green....More

Feria De Londres
Feria De Londres
Kids Events | Until 26th May 2019 

Bernie Spain Gardens 16 minutes walk from Big Ben

Bringing a taste of Andalusian carnival spirit to London, Spanish festival Feria De Londres returns for its third year on ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 29th September 2019 

The Lyceum Theatre 16 minutes walk from Big Ben

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
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Tours | On 26th May 2019 

The Apple Store: Covent Garden 17 minutes walk from Big Ben

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