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Big Ben's bongs are gone but the legend lives on

Westminster's Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, started undergoing repairs to its clock and brickwork in 2017. As a result, the famous clock chimes (the name 'Big Ben' actually refers to the bell) will be silenced for four years, with a few important exceptions (think New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday). Nonetheless, one of London's most popular tourist attractions still stands tall and remains a must-see when visiting the capital.

Big Ben: Everything you need to know

The tower that houses Big Ben is officially known as Elizabeth Tower after it was renamed in honour of the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Until then it had been known simply as the Clock Tower. It was built in 1859, and since then has appeared in countless TV shows and films as an emblem of the capital and central feature of its skyline. The clock's timekeeping is still regulated by a stack of coins on the pendulum - astounding in today's digital world.

Celebrate the history of London

After viewing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, there are many more landmarks to delight tourists to the city - too many for one trip. Those who are interested in UK politics will of course want to visit 10 Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace is understandably one of the biggest attractions in the world. Looking for accommodation in London? Travelodge London Central Waterloo Hotel and Travelodge London Vauxhall Hotel are less than a mile away.