Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London

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The Palace is one of the centres of political life in the United Kingdom; “Westminster” has become a metonym for the UK Parliament, and the Westminster system of government has taken its name after it. The Elizabeth Tower, in particular, which is often referred to by the name of its main bell, “Big Ben”, is an iconic landmark of London and the United Kingdom in general, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and an emblem of parliamentary democracy.

Big Ben can be seen over a long distance and it is wonderful walk along the Victoria and the Albert Embankments, past Big Ben and view it from different angles. The best view of this is from the Westminster Bridge.

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It is great for people who like photography. You can get some brilliant night shots of the cars going by with Big Ben in the background if you change shutter speed!

This magnificent tower and bell, along with the parliament building are beautiful and situated near so many other historic places. The first thing you see as you exited the underground station Westminster is Big Ben and is just a magnificent piece of architecture, next to it the London eye, London aquarium, Shrek 4d play, and other similar attractions. Crowed with tourist with their cameras and cell phones taking as many selfies and pictures as possible of the genuine symbol of British culture.

Even if you can’t get a tour of Parliament don’t miss visiting the outside of the famous clock tower and adjacent buildings. Even from a distance the architecture is simply impressive.

A must to view at night time. It’s beautifully lit at night. Yes, the area is always filled with tourists so if you would like to avoid it, have Tea at the Marriott nearby and you can see the view in all its splendour.

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