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Big Ben

One of London's most recognised landmarks, Big Ben is the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. Strictly speaking Big Ben was the name given to the 13 ton Great Bell of Westminster. Over time the name has stuck with both St Stephen's Tower and the clock itself.

There are several theories behind how the name Big ben was conceived. Some believe it got its name from the heavyweight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt. However it is more likely to have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall the Commissioner of Works. According to the story, the first Big Ben bell was complete before the tower was finalised. While the bell was kept in New Palace Yard it cracked and had to be replaced. Big Ben is in fact the second Bell to have been placed inside the famous clock tower.

Big Ben's famous deep chimes can be heard daily on BBC radio.

Bird's Eye View of Big Ben & Surrounding Area:

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