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One monument often springs to mind when thinking of London: Big Ben! The clock tower is a British icon, a symbol of parliamentary democracy and a must-see when visiting the capital.
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Where is Big Ben?

Big Ben hangs in the clock tower, also known as the Elizabeth Tower, at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Found in Central London, it dominates the landscape across the River Thames, next to Westminster Abbey and St James's Park. Wondering how to get here? The closest tube stations are Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines), St James's Park (Circle and District lines) and Embankment (Bakerloo, District, Circle and Northern lines). For picture-perfect views, walk along Westminster Bridge and take a moment to appreciate its grandeur. Thanks to its central location and easy access to public transport, this is one of the best areas for tourists to stay in London. Search for your perfect hotel nearby to enjoy every moment of your time in the capital. Our ALL - Accor Live Limitless collection includes options to suit every traveller.

The story behind Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname given to the Great Bell of the Great Tower in the Palace of Westminster. The tower itself was renamed the 'Elizabeth Tower' in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. After the Great Fire of 1834 destroyed the Palace of Westminster, architects across the city were invited to submit new designs. Sir Charles Barry's was selected, though it didn't feature a tower. Barry turned to Augustus Pugin, who added the now-famous tower to the plan in 1836. The building was designed in a Neo-Gothic style and completed in 1859. It became the world's most giant and most accurate four-faced striking clock, standing 316 feet (96 m) tall, and was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Things to do near Big Ben

Big Ben sits in the heart of London, meaning there is plenty to do in the area. Whether you want to stroll around parks, visit a museum or an art gallery or prefer shopping – Westminster brims with exciting attractions.

1. Westminster Abbey

Steeped in history, this impressive Gothic church is among London's best attractions, and it's no wonder. It has witnessed the coronations of 39 English and British monarchs and 16 royal weddings. Westminster Abbey was awarded UNESCO Heritage World Site status in 1987 thanks to its universal values.

2. St James's Park

A short walk from the Big Ben, St James's Park is the perfect place to take a break from the frenzy of the city. Its beautiful lake, colourful flowerbeds and unique views over Buckingham Palace make a great afternoon out with the family. To take your stroll further, cross over The Mall into Green Park, stopping to see Buckingham Palace. Green Park is another beautiful London green space with rolling fields and memorials bordering St James's, Mayfair and Belgravia.

3. The National Gallery

You can't miss the National Gallery if you love all things art. Located in Trafalgar Square, this museum is home to over 2,000 paintings dating between the 13th and 19th centuries. The collection includes artworks from Italian Renaissance masterminds like Da Vinci and Michelangelo, French Impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet and late Medieval works.

4. SEA LIFE London Centre Aquarium

Travelling with kids? Then a visit to the SEA LIFE London Centre Aquarium is a must. This award-winning attraction includes an ocean, coral zones and rainforests. It's home to sharks, penguins, octopuses and more.

The best restaurants and bars near Big Ben

Exploring Central London can take it out of you. Thankfully, the bustling area around Big Ben is packed with pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and bars, so there are plenty of ways to rest and refuel.

Where to eat nearby

Take the 10-minute walk to Ma La Sichuan for irresistible Chinese dishes in a low-lit, atmospheric setting. Or walk over Westminster Bridge, soaking up the views, to Brasserie Jöel. This elegant French restaurant is ideal for celebrating special occasions. Cellarium Terrace & Café is a bright, airy space serving breakfast and simple dishes a few minutes walk from the attraction. For a memorable dinner near Big Ben, make a beeline for The Cinnamon Club. Enjoy an innovative Indian menu in a beautiful setting – The Cinnamon Club building is a converted Victorian library!

Pubs and bars

Fancy a quick pint to celebrate visiting Big Ben? Great idea. The area is home to plenty of historic and modern pubs and bars, perfect for a quick tipple. St Stephen's Taven Pub & Restaurant is a traditional spot serving a selection of craft ales. It's a politician's favourite, given its position opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Red Lion on Parliament Street is another easy option for a drink near Big Ben. The cosy décor celebrates the pub's historical roots. The Westminster Arms is another option close to the clock tower.

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