Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. When completed in 1859, it was, says clockmaker Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The tower had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.

A British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

Learn more about the Big Ben, London.

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Some panoramic 360° view of Big Ben

Big Ben – Night View

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Big Ben – Street View

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This is a Google Street View of the road alongside the Big Ben. Click on the arrows and go an a virtual trip on the road, enjoying the view of Big Ben.

Big Ben – Google Earth 3D View

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