The clock tower of Big Ben is one of London's most famous landmarks. "Big Ben" is actually the name of the bell that is struck to denote the number of hours, rather than the clock itself. It was the centre of attention as it struck midnight to welcome in the year 2000. More information can be found in the next page (and a better quality photo HERE)
WESTMINSTER CHIMES - Right-click HERE and "save as.." to download a WAV file (1359K) or HERE for an MP3 file (740K) of Big Ben indicating a time of 12 o'clock (ideal for welcoming in the new year!!)

A close view of the Big Ben clock tower. A winding staircase leads up to the clock room where the large mechanism slowly ticks the time away. There is a long swinging pendulum which has a stack of old coins on it to make the clock keep perfect time. It is not open to the general public. The clock has run continuously since 31 May 1859 except for a stoppage of 13 days from noon on 4 April until noon on 17 April 1977. In 1845 a host of starlings rested on one of the minute hands and slowed the clock by 5 minutes.

The Cenotaph in Whitehall. Every Remembrance Sunday, elderly ladies and gentlemen who fought in the 2 world wars gather here to remember colleagues who lost their lives in the wars by laying wreaths.

The new facade of the Westminster underground station which has been upgraded and modernised as part of the new Jubilee Line extension.

Part of the Tower of London buildings at Tower Hill, close to Tower Pier at a place called The Ditch.

This is Traitor's Gate - built during the reign of King Edward I. It was originally known as Water Gate and was used for the intakes of stores and provisions from boats on the Thames, but later was used as the entrance for prisoners and was renamed to Traitor's Gate. Prisoners to enter through the gate included Queen Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Thomas More.

The Tower of London which houses the Crown Jewels. Big black ravens are supposed to protect the buildings as legend states that the tower will crumble to ruins if the ravens fly away. This view is from Tower Bridge.


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