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Big Ben

Arguably one of London’s most famous monuments, this prominent landmark is a national icon, adored by generations of Britons.

As you approach Westminster, towering Big Ben comes into view, standing majestically on the banks of the River Thames atop the glorious Houses of Parliament. Romanticised throughout the years in various films such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually”, Big Ben is the standing soul of this great city.

The name Big Ben was originally given to the huge bell that resides within the 18th century clock tower. Today, the name has become an affectionate term for the entire building and is synonymous with the name of London. You can’t miss the deep thundering sound of the bell as it strikes the hour, echoing across the city beneath.

Completed in 1858, the clock tower first rang out on London City in 1859 and has since been a symbol of reassurance and certainty for the entire nation. Originally designed by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin, the tower is constructed from limestone and is a prime example of classic Gothic Revivalist design.

Shortly after sunset, the four ivory-tinted faces are illuminated, showing off its prestige and prowess on the London city skyline. The clock is the largest of its kind in Great Britain, each of its four faces are 7 metres in diameter and contains 312 pieces of opal glass. Having only dimmed its lights in times of national crisis, for two years during World War I and at night during World War II, Big Ben is London’s pride and joy, a symbol of resilience and local identity.

Big Ben is only available to visit for British Citizens who have scheduled a tour with their parliamentary representative. Still, the tower makes great sightseeing and the perfect photo opportunity for visitors.

Officially renamed Elizabeth Tower in June 2012, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, the tower is still referred to colloquially as Big Ben.

Located in central London, Big Ben is easily accessible via subway. The nearest Underground station is Waterloo.


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London AU$196
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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    ME London

    ME London

    336-337 The Strand, London, England
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lyceum Theatre, The Strand and Aldwych Theatre. Covent Garden Market and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Temple Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 7 minutes.

      The Grand at Trafalgar Square AU$205
      The Grand at Trafalgar Square

      The Grand at Trafalgar Square

      8 Northumberland Avenue, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s

        10 Godliman Street, London, England
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and The British Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Blackfriars Underground Station and St. Paul's Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          The Rubens At The Palace AU$380
          The Rubens At The Palace

          The Rubens At The Palace

          39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre and Apollo Victoria Theatre. Buckingham Palace and St. James Park are also within 15 minutes. Victoria Underground Station and London Victoria Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            London Marriott Hotel County Hall AU$432
            London Marriott Hotel County Hall

            London Marriott Hotel County Hall

            London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Eye and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Westminster Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Waterloo Underground Station is 6 minutes.

              St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London AU$260
              St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

              St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

              54 Buckingham Gate, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Big Ben and Hyde Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). St. James's Park Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Victoria Underground Station is 7 minutes.

                Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square AU$205
                Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

                Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square

                8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square and National Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Charing Cross Underground Station and Embankment Station are within a 5-minute walk.