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Big Ben

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Since first sounding in 1859, Big Ben has been one of the most treasured symbols of Britain.

Nothing lets you know you’re in London more than the sight of Big Ben. This iconic clock tower is used in many well-known British films such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually to set the scene of the action. Positioned on the bank of the River Thames, you’ll get the best view of it if you walk along the South bank of the river or cross over Westminster Bridge, heading toward the Houses of Parliament.

Although this magnificent clock tower is usually referred to as Big Ben, this is actually the nickname of the largest of the clock’s bells, the one that chimes on the hour – an unmistakable deep sound that resonates across the city.

The tower itself, previously named the Clock Tower, was designated as Elizabeth Tower in June 2012, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. This, however, has not stopped the popular tradition of referring to it simply as Big Ben.

The construction of the classic Gothic Revivalist-style tower was completed in 1858 and it forms part of the Palace of Westminster, re-built on the site following destruction of the previous structure by a fire in 1834.

At 96 metres high, Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock in the British Isles. Each face is seven metres in diameter and consists of 312 pieces of opal glass held in an iron framework. The hour and minute hands are 2.7 and 4.3 metres long respectively. At sunset, the four clock faces are lit up so that they are visible across the city. Originally lit by gas-lamps, now replaced by electric lights installed behind each of the translucent clock faces, Big Ben appears to glow from within.

Despite being a world-famous tourist attraction, only British citizens are able to gain access to Big Ben, by scheduling a tour via their member of parliament. However, the thrill you’ll get when first set eyes on this magnificent building, and on hearing its majestic chime more than makes up for this.

Big Ben is located in central London, North of the River Thames. The nearest Underground station is Waterloo.

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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$243 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
4/5Very Good! (3,148 reviews)
"Cleanliness and Location, did not eat-in or use facilities"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

The Strand Palace Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$256 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,530 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay. Everything felt very clean and fresh. Had an amazing view of Houses of Parliament and London Eye. Bed was huge and comfortable. Staff were super friendly. Would def recommend. Great location for south bank and exploring London."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

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The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
5 out of 5
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, England
The price is NZ$420 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. London Eye and The British Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (704 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Location & rooftop bar fantastic. Staff wonderful"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

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Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
4 out of 5
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England
The price is NZ$220 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$256 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is NZ$243 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
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The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
5 out of 5
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, England
The price is NZ$420 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
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4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$249 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$252 per night from 27 Aug. to 27 Aug.
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NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$269 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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5 out of 5
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Park Plaza London Riverbank
4 out of 5
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The price is NZ$237 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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