5 star deluxe modern hotel
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
The luxury 5-Star London Marriott Hotel County Hall, in Lambeth, South London, is elegant, traditional and in a great location. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PBShow on map
Premier Inn London County Hall is good quality budget hotel inside the historic County Hall, in Lambeth, South London. The building was at one time the headquarters of London County Council and later the... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, SE1 7UTShow on map
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel is a 1021, 4 star modern hotel that is located in Waterloo, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute walk away.... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
1 Addington Street, Waterloo, SE1 7RYShow on map
The Park Plaza County Hall is a 398 room, classic 4 star hotel which is based in Lambeth, South East London. The closest tube station to the hotel is Waterloo which is less than a 5 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, SW1A 2EJShow on map
Crowned AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-2011, an accolade not to be sniffed at, The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers guests five-star luxury in a very central location near Westminster. Set in a stunning... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
33 Tothill Street, Westminster, SW1H 9LAShow on map
INDIVIDUAL SANCTUARY HOUSE HOTEL/TRADITIONAL PUB OFFERING A FRIENDLY WELCOME IN A SUPERB CENTRAL LOCATION The Sanctuary House Hotel is a 3 star hotel in an excellent location close to the Houses of Parliament... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, SW1A 2BDShow on map
"Opulent accommodation with tremendous views in the heart of London" This 5-Star hotel in Central London with state-of-the-art facilities in an eminent building dating back to 1885 and the Empire days of Queen... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
22-28 The Broadway, St James's Park, SW1H 9JSShow on map
“Intercontinental Westminster about to create a huge impression in SW1”The Intercontinental Westminster Hotel is a 256 room, 4 star hotel which is situated in Westminster, Central London. This lies... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
18-21 Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, WC2N 5EAShow on map
The Citadines ApartHotel Trafalgar Square, London is made up of serviced apartments, and cannot beaten for its location; it is as central as accommodation in the capital gets. This self-catering option would... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
8 Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, WC2N 5BYShow on map
Trafalgar Square is one of the busiest areas of London, alternately thronging with tourists, protest marches, food stalls or concert goers at the events recently allowed to be staged there since the pigeon... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Big Ben
Although it is often used to describe the whole tower at the bridge end of the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, of course, really only refers to the bell inside the Elizabeth Tower. However, it is famous now as the name for the tower, and remains one of the most recognisable symbols of Britain, London, and its parliamentary institutions.
Inconveniently set next to a heavily-trafficked bridge and the constant hubbub of Parliament Square, visitors to Big Ben can often find it difficult to find a place from which to get a really good look at it. On coming out of Westminster station by any of the exits and looking almost straight up, you will find it. However, its height means that if you wish to get a photograph of yourself with the tower in the background you can either venture onto Westminster Bridge to get some distance from it, or you can dodge the traffic and go into Parliament Square, when this is not blocked off because of protestors.
Originally built after the old Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire in 1834, the tower containing Big Ben was designed by Augustus Pugin (although the rest of the building was designed by Sir Charles Barry). This was the last design that Pugin completed before he went mad, and is in the Gothic Revival style. The tower is about 16 storeys high, and tops out at 316 feet, or 96.3 metres. At the time it was built, it was the largest four-faced clock in the world.
Although it is one of Britains most famous sights, the interior is not open to foreign visitors. UK residents can, if they plan ahead, write to their local MP to arrange a tour of the clock tower. They should be warned, however, that the tower has no lift, and that anyone visiting must climb 334 steps before they arrive in the bell tower.
Transport to and from Big Ben is relatively easy. Westminster tube station brings you out just underneath the tower, but the Houses of Parliament are within walking distance of Victoria, Embankment, St James Park, and even Waterloo, from the other side of the river. There are good bus links.
From Big Ben, you are close to Whitehall, and can pop across the river to see the aquarium or the London Eye. You can also walk up to Trafalgar Square or take a stroll along the river. Lambeth Palace is also not too far away on the south bank of the river, or you can take a boat trip from the Embankment.
Although it is perhaps the most famous of Britains landmarks, it is the least hospitable of any of the countrys major attractions. Not only, generally, can tourists not even go into the tower, but it is inconvenient to even try and get a good picture of it, because of the major thoroughfares that surround it. Having said all that, few visitors to London feel as if their trip is complete without their having seen the enormous clock tower gazing out over the river, and watching over the Mother Of Parliaments nestled below.