Big Ben

The iconic House of Parliament Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster comes to mind at the mention of Big Ben. But the moniker originally referred only to the tower’s main bell, the 13.5-ton Great Bell named for either Sir Benjamin Hall, a Victorian-era government commissioner, or Ben Caunt, a heavyweight boxing champion. An enduring emblem of London, the chiming four-sided clock from 1859, the world’s second largest, is known for the accuracy of its mechanical movement. And Big Ben itself is rightly celebrated for its authoritative tone. Alas, unless you're a U.K. resident, you can't enter Elizabeth Tower and climb the 334 stone spiral steps leading to the clock mechanism and bell. Console yourself with a tour of the Parliamentary palace, hardly chump change.

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  • Abdullah Ferdous

    8 Dec 2017

    No trip is complete in the United Kingdom without seeing the famous Big Ben. An amazing structure which mesmerised the tourists from all over the world. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012.

  • Salil Natekar

    6 Dec 2017

    Beautiful building and amazing history. Located in the touristy area it is one of the most well known landmarks of London. Unfortunately, the clock is under renovation currently and only parts of the tower can be seen. We were told that the work will carry on till 2021.

  • Silvain Durant

    9 Nov 2017

    It's impossible to pass by Big Ben in London. We at home made a plan for X - get on a tour inside the Westminster Palace and its Clock Tower, as it is correctly called Big Ben. But, alas, tours are only available to UK citizens. So we went around, we sat in an excellent pub opposite, listened to how every quarter of an hour the clock strikes. In the evening a very beautiful yellow-green light, ..

  • ben walker

    15 Oct 2017

    Ah, the clock for which I was named after. Not really, IT was named after ME. Not really, but you could imagine... We really just walked by Big Ben as we were heading somewhere else across the bridge. It actually is quite large, but I can see why they went alliterative with the 'Big' instead of calling it 'Quite Large' Ben. That's why they get paid the big bucks, those guys that name things. I hear the whole thing looks pretty cool at night, but we only went by in the daytime and it was still cool.

  • Abjal Mahmud

    2 Dec 2017

    Good place I like it To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace. — Morihei Ueshiba If mindful communication, powered by compassion doesn’t work… If trying to directly shift the conversation or interrupt the other person’s patterns doesn’t work… Then all you have left is to assert your boundaries. Unless you want to let them walk all over you… To draw the line, take charge of the situation and bring the interaction to a close. This is an act of self-compassion, and also of compassion for the other person – because allowing him/her to go on and on in that pattern is not going to bring him/her any growth. Here are some ways of closing (from softer to firmer): “Look, I feel our conversation is not progressing much at this point. Let’s just sleep on this issue and talk again another time.” “I have to stop you right there. It seems like you are having a tough day. I’m sorry, but I don’t have time for this right now.” “I don’t want to be engaged in this type of conversation anymore. So I’m logging out. Bye!” As you are bringing the interaction to a close, remember that you are taking charge. It’s just like when you take charge of your attention during meditation practice when it has wandered off into distractions. So be sure to express your decision with powerful body-language (straight, open, and forward) and a firm voice. Instead of throwing the ball back at them, you are throwing it out of the court, and walking away. For you, the game is over. Henceforth, you just try to avoid contact with that person, if possible. That is also asserting boundaries.

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