Big Ben

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Big Ben London Reviews

yarayarinha7 yarayari…
70 reviews
Peter pan & Marry Poppins Dec 06, 2012
Somehow the Big Ben takes me to my childhood memories of Peter Pan or Marry Poppins movies.

Despite the cold grey city of London, the big ben is probably one of the nicest and most beautiful landmarks. The golden massive clock tower, situated by the Thames river is a must see.

Easy to reach by tube or bus and located in the heart of London. Probably one of my favorite "monument" in the UK

Well, I don't know what else to write about big ben, even though travelbuddies wants 450 characters.....
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jyttworld jyttworld
12 reviews
Went up the Clock Tower to visit Big Ben! Aug 14, 2011
My husband and I made an appointment to view Big Ben months in advance. Only residence are aloud to visit the Clock Tower and you just have to email your representative. It is free to see. We met up at the new Parliament building across the street from Big Ben and Parliament. Than after security clearance we were led under ground under the street to the Big Ben! There are 3 stages when you climb up the stairs! It is quite a climb and made me a little dizzy! We learned a lot about the history of the making of Big Ben and we saw the crack in one of the bells! We also watched the bells chyme on the hour and you could feel the whole floor and walls vibrating! The chyme is a tune from a hymn that the creator chose after hearing that hymn play at his University everyday! We also learned that Big Ben was either named after a professional wrestler at the time named Big Ben or an important figure in Parliament named Big Ben. It was such an amazing view from the top and I can't wait to make another appointment to climb those stairs!
Clock Tower and Big Ben
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Marykkk Marykkk
2 reviews
Seeing Big BEN!!! + More. Mar 26, 2011
Okay so first of all i just want to say the day i left for london i had no idea what i wanted to do or what i wanted to see.. i hadnt even researched or anything.. thats when my mum said to me .. are you going to see big ben?? .. i said to her .. Wtf is big ben.. i soon came to realise the giant clock "BIG BEN" so for the next 24 hour flight (MELBOURNE TO LONDON) i read Europe on a shoe string buy lonely planet .. i recommened anyone travling to europe to have this in there backpack or suitcase!! .. at all times! ye its big a massive .. but its amaazing!! .... Now wanting to see big ben i choose to do the Sandemans walking tour .. because bus tours are TERRIBLE!... and it's FREE!!!

starting at Hyde Park Corner to Buckingham Palace.....The Changing of the Guard (most days)*

..........Westminster Abbe and of course Big Ben + so much more.. this is really good even if you are doing it on your own... because you will meet so many people couples, oldies, teens and even sole travelers!

RECOMMENED!!!
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thephotoguy thephoto…
3 reviews
The Big Bell! Apr 30, 2011
One of my favourite things to see in London is Big Ben.

Although the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster is commonly called Big Ben, strictly speaking the name relates only to the largest of the clock's bells - the one that strikes the hour.

It is not open to the public, but be sure to walk or drive by (remember National Lampoon's European Vacation?), as it is a lovely sight! However, residents (this unfortunately does not apply to overseas tourists) may attempt to arrange a visit by writing to their MP. Applications should be made in writing to: House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.

Enjoy!
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frivolousat25 frivolou…
16 reviews
Ahh! Big Ben! Apr 15, 2011
Big Ben & the Parliament.

The Big Ben is of course just wonderful! The chiming is music ;)

The Houses of the Parliament tour is what amazed me the most. The majestic architecture & colors & history. Totally worth the cost. Definitely go for one of these tours that happen during the weekend.

You cannot take pictures all through the tour but the memories are sufficient aren't they? :)
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jhoc jhoc
66 reviews
How Londoners tell time Jan 11, 2010
I think everyone knows what Big Ben is. It towers over the parliament building, you see it on the plane before you land at Heathrow -if you get one of the 3 sunny days a year to fly in on ;), and you hear it chiming away in the distance.

To get here take the Jubilee line over to Westminster tube and once you get out you'll not miss it. Cross the bridge about halfway for a great photo op where you should be able to get your head and the whole thing in (it is quite tall).

A lot of people don't realise that if you live in London (maybe all of England) you can arrange a tour of the clock tower through by contacting your MP. You will be assigned a date and time (M-F 9-5) to turn up and get your free tour of inside the clock tower. I've not done this yet since I have a job, but it is on the plans and I'll improve this review when I do!

Don't be afraid to walk around the corner and check out Parliament and Westminster Abby which are all conveniently packed in to one square for your feet's sake.
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jyttworld says:
You are absolutely right! My husband has lived in London all his life and he had no idea that he could arrange to see the Clock Tower for free! I would highly recommend planning a date! We did it recently and I can't wait to do it again! The only downside is that you aren't aloud to take pics. :( Happy Travels!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2011
mswim mswim
31 reviews
Mar 17, 2007
Big Ben is the largest four-faced turret clock in the world. It is located in London, England at the eastern side of the House of Parliament. The tower is decorated in the ornate Victorian Gothic style and is over 300 feet high. Even though it is known for being ornate and is a symbol of the great city of London, the thing it is most famous for is it’s reliability. When designer Edmund Beckett Denison was brought on to the job he did several experiments to try and make this massive clock as accurate as possible.

The tower isn't actually named Big Ben. It's official name is The Clock Tower and the name of the bell inside is named Big Ben. However, after years and years of being known as Big Ben the misnomer has stuck.

Upon entering the subway station closest to Big Ben and Parliament we were awed by the fact that the clock as literally right in front of us. When we got off the Tube we had no idea we would be so close. It was magical! I was able to visit the clock in both sunlight and darkness and I have to say that the clock is even more impressive at night.

Unfortunately my nighttime pictures didn’t turn out that well. As soon as we arrived an announcment was made stating the last Tube would be arrive shortly. We barely had enough time to run up the steps and snap a few pictures. Next time I will defintely allow more time for my evening visit of this great timepiece. .
The face of Big Ben
Big Ben as seen from the London Eye
Big Ben from street level
Big Ben at night
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
The Big Ben, also as known as the Clock Tower, located at the end of the Houses of Parliament building within Westminster on the north-eastern direction. It used to be a popular London icon right before the British Airways London Eye overtook it....
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