The Big Ben is England’s most memorable landmark, and one of the best ones in the world. Unfortunately though, travelers will only be able to fully enjoy it until 2017 and after 2020 – as scaffolding and maintenance works are scheduled.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock in London’s Palace of Westminster. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, establishing its status as Britain’s most attractive sight. You can see it in all sorts of media, from movies and videos to pictures and travel brochures.
In its 157-year history, the tower was only repaired three times, so Londoners (and visitors) aren’t really used to Big Ben not working. Essential maintenance will be carried out on the mechanism, with striking and tolling taking being maintained only for important events. A lift and bathroom will also be added to the tower.
The last significant renovation work was carried out to the Tower over 30 years ago in 1983-85.