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“Give a miss until 2021”
Review of Big Ben

Big Ben
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US$46.89*
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Westminster to Covent Garden Tour in London
Ranked #21 of 1,912 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Temporarily Closed Elizabeth Tower is the name of the famous clock tower which stands at the Houses of Parliament. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May. The Great Bell's strikes were heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on 7 September. All visits to Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower tours are now suspended due to refurbishment with the last tour having taken place on 16 December 2016. Tours are scheduled to resume in early 2020 once the work is complete. Visitors can still book tickets for a number of other tours at the Houses of Parliament which take place on Saturdays throughout the year and on weekdays during Parliamentary recesses.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I feel in this case a photo speaks a thousand words.
I've seen Big Ben before, and luckily we only travelled from Leeds - I can't imagine travelling from overseas from a country where the renovation wasn't news, just to see this iconic tower and seeing some scaffolding instead.
The houses of parliament are nearby, also mostly covered in scaffolding.
So I wouldn't recommend going out of your way until the renovation is complete!

1  Thank Livvy B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Just wanted to let everyone know that Big Ben is covered in scaffolding right now as they are renovating this iconic structure. I am sure I would have enjoyed seeing this more when the renovation is over. Not sure when this will be.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Sadly the Big Ben was under renovation during our visit, so there was very little to see. Hopefully this will be over soon

1  Thank Nessamira
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

One of the must see signs of London is unfortunately hidden by
scaffolding until 2021/2022 so right now it looks terrible :-(

Thank Per Bjerkov H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Covered in scaffolding right now so you can’t see it. I was fairly disappointed to not see big bens face in London.

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