London is a city that has a diverse range of attractions. Big Ben is one of the landmarks that top the “most favourite places list” in London. The Big Ben is the nickname given to the largest bell or the hour bell of all the five bells that are in the tower and that nickname extends to refer to the clock and the tower as well. The origin of the name Ben is unknown, some say it is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the first commissioner of works and some believe it is influenced by the name of Benjamin Caunt a boxing champion during that time.
The clock was considered as the largest in the world during the time which it was constructed. It still is the largest clock that can be found in Great Britain. The mechanism in this clock has an outstanding accuracy. During parliament sessions a special light above the dial is illuminated.
Located at the Houses of Parliament the tower stands three hundred and sixty feet high. After the diamond jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth the second, it has been renamed officially as the Elizabeth Tower.
This has become the symbol in the visual media, where most of the times the artists wish to indicate London, this masterpiece is shown. On the 31st of December each year all radio stations tune into the chime of the Big Ben to welcome the dawn of the New Year. With special fireworks lit around the tower it is truly a magical site to see. Also the chime of this amazing clock is used to commemorate Remembrance Day. When the clock strikes on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the two minutes silence begins.
Since the tower does not allow public access the best place to get a good view is the London Eye. While visiting London an avid tourist should not look beyond Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK. These hotels provide comfortable and affordable accommodation compared with other 4 star UK hotels. With all the iconic attractions located within a close proximity these hotels in London are sure to make any vacation exciting.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.