This iconic landmark in London is popular for a reason...it's breathtaking! Did you know that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower, not the clock? While you are there, check out the Houses of Parliament (if they are in session). Afterwards, stroll across the lovely bridge and rise the London Eye!
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View of the Big Ben
The quintessential London photo! You can get these sort of shots if you go off season. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of tourists still, but nowhere near the numbers that go in summer. It's a lot easier to get great photos in winter. Get some warm clothes and go!
This is a great way to get a birds eye view of London, and the line moved at a pretty steady pace. Avoid the ticket scalpers as most seemed far from legit. There is a nice little Japanese restaurant to the left of the Eye of London.
My first trip to London was in 1996. I was 25 living in NYC working my first real job and had never been to Europe. Airline fares were cheap going across the Pond in February, around $300 round trip. I suppose people expected London to be miserable in the winter... All I can say is if you ever see airfare that low to Europe from the USA, never mind the time of year, just GO! You won't regret it.
I know it's an obvious place to visit. But a great spot to take a picture is not on the bridge. After many shots I finally figured this out. It's actually at the subway station that Big Ben overlooks. On a sunny day, you can easily get a clear shot of the amazing building. I admire its detail so much!
Interesting and true fact: Big Ben is slightly leaning like Italy's "Leaning Tower of Pisa". The best way to be a Londoner. Take the "Tube" (Subway)! You will certainly mean all of London there. As the surface traffic at the city centre is just terrible.
When I first found out I was going to be traveling to London for 2 weeks, I was so excited. I did ALL the research I possibly could about the city. I couldn't wait to see all the landmarks, but looking at pictures just didn't do it justice. When I finally arrived I was blown away by the architecture, it was gorgeous, and unlike anything in the U.S.. Big Ben was by far my favorite, I had read about it in many books, and saw every picture of it on the internet. When I saw it in person though, it took my breathe away. It was the most beautiful piece of architecture I had ever seen. I recommend Big Ben for anyone who is traveling to London, and be sure to take a picture with the guard. ;)