Architecture • London, England
The most famous bell in Europe, perhaps even in the world, Big Ben, is one of the iconic landmarks of London. The tower is the third largest bell tower in the world and is over 150 years old. It was recently renamed Elizabeth Tower as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth's 60 years’ of reign.
Being a part of Westminster Palace, it was designed in the Neo-Gothic style. There is no elevator - instead, there are 334 steps that lead to the top. Normally, tours are only available to British nationals who organize a trip through their Member of Parliament but now they are suspended completely due to refurbishments. They should resume in 2021. The bell itself was silenced too.
The skyline in this part of London is spectacular. Taking pictures of Big Ben with the London Eye in the background is very popular.