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"Big Ben and the Union Jack" Big Ben Tip by easyoar

Big Ben, London: 148 reviews and 224 photos

  Big Ben and the Union Jack flag
by easyoar

Big Ben is probably as famous as London itself. I think probably anyone in the world that has heard of London has probably heard of Big Ben, and may well of heard it chime too! There are numerous clocks around the world that have chimes that emulate Big Ben on the hour, quarter hour, half hour and three-quarter hour.

Most people think of Big Ben as being the big clock tower you see here in this picture, and in common parlance, this is how it is used. However, most people, myself included have never actually seen Big Ben itself. The real Big Ben is the bell inside the clock tower.

Some statistics: The clock tower itself is 316ft high, and is probably named after the original commisioner of works - Sir Benjamin Hall. The light that can be seen at night above the clock is switched on while the Commons is sitting (that's the Members of parliament in meeting). Big Ben (the bell) weighs over 13 tons and the mechanism for the clock weighs around 5 tons. The numbers on the face of the clock are about 2 feet long, the minute spaces are 1 ft. square; and the copper minute hands are 14 ft. in length.

Address: Parliament Square
Directions: Oxford Circus Underground
Phone: +44 20 7219 4272

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 1, 2005
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