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Big Ben, London | Tourist Information


Westminster Bridge Rd
London, United Kingdom SW1A 2

020 7219 4272

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. When completed in 1859, it was, says clockmaker Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The tower had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.A British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.TowerThe Elizabeth Tower, more popularly known as Big Ben, was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. The new parliament was built in a neo-gothic style. Although Barry was the chief architect of the palace, he turned to Augustus Pugin for the design of the clock tower, which resembles earlier Pugin designs, including one for Scarisbrick Hall. The design for the tower was Pugin's last design before his final descent into madness and death, and Pugin himself wrote, at the time of Barry's last visit to him to collect the drawings: "I never worked so hard in my life for Mr Barry for tomorrow I render all the designs for finishing his bell tower & it is beautiful." The tower is designed in Pugin's celebrated Gothic Revival style, and is 315ft high.

Art Museum Near Big Ben

Brocket Gallery
Distance: 1.1 mi Tourist Information
Brocket Gallery, 16 Windmill Row, Kennington
London, SE11 5DW

07826 522 869

Welcome to Brocket Gallery London. Brocket works with, and for, early career artists to create a dynamic and critically engaging curatorial programme and is dedicated to providing an accessible arena for the purchase of art. Each exhibition aims to provide the viewer with a deeper understanding of the works and processes. Project Space - Kennington, London. For more details & information on touring & fairs, please visit www.brocketgallery.com

Tate Britain Library Archives
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
Millbank, SW1P 4RG
London,

Late Turner At the Tate Britain
Distance: 0.7 mi Tourist Information
Millbank
London, SW8 3

Corvi-Mora
Distance: 1.0 mi Tourist Information
1A Kempsford Road
London, SE11 4NU

020 7840 9111

Corvi-Mora is proud to work with Abel Auer Brian Calvin Pierpaolo Campanini Anne Collier Andy Collins Rachel Feinstein Dee Ferris Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster Richard Hawkins Roger Hiorns Jim Isermann Colter Jacobsen Dorota Jurczak Aisha Khalid Armin Krämer David Lieske Eva Marisaldi Jason Meadows Monique Prieto Imran Qureshi Andrea Salvino Glenn Sorensen Tomoaki Suzuki Naoyuki Tsuji Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Imperial War Museum London
Distance: 0.7 mi Tourist Information
Lambeth Road
London, SE1 6

020 7416 5000

IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Follow us on Facebook and join our growing community of fans. Discover in-depth information about IWM London, special content, and discuss and share with others.

Queen's Gallery
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1E 6

+44 (0) 20 7766 7301

The Queen's Gallery is a public art gallery at Buckingham Palace, home of the British monarch, in London. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection (those works owned by the King or Queen "in trust for the nation" rather than privately) on a rotating basis; about 450 works are on display at any one time.The gallery is at the west front of the Palace, on the site of a chapel bombed during the Second World War, and first opened in 1962. Over the following 37 years it received 5 million visitors, until it was closed in 1999–2002 for extension work carried out by John Simpson. On 21 May 2002, the gallery was reopened by Elizabeth II to coincide with her Golden Jubilee. The extension added the current Doric entrance portico and several new rooms, more than tripling the size of the building. It is open to the public for much of the year.

Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1A 1AA

+44 (0) 20 7766 7301

Big Ben
Distance: 0.0 mi Tourist Information
Westminster,London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom
London,

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
Distance: 0.5 mi Tourist Information
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
London, SE1 8XX

+44 (0)20 7960 4200

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968, it is an outstanding example of sixties brutalist architecture and is one of the few remaining buildings of this style. It was designed by a group of young architects, including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron. The Hayward Gallery is named after the late Sir Isaac Hayward, the former leader of the London County Council.

National Gallery
Distance: 0.6 mi Tourist Information
Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 5DN

020 7747 2885

Exhibitions: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/ Events: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on Our social media code of conduct: http://bit.ly/1IN7xJt

Royal Academy of Arts
Distance: 0.9 mi Tourist Information
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BD

02073008000

National Portrait Gallery
Distance: 0.6 mi Tourist Information
2 St Martin's Place
London, WC2H 0

+44(0)20 7306 0055

Opera Lounge London
Distance: 0.7 mi Tourist Information
22 Charing Cross Road
London, W1C 9EL

+447795651897

The Courtauld Gallery
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
150 Strand
London, WC2R 0RN

+44 (0)20 7848 2526

Discover our world-famous collection of paintings, drawings and decorative arts. Ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century the collection is displayed in the elegant surroundings of Somerset House. The Courtauld is best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including celebrated works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin as well as a major group of paintings by Cézanne. Visitors can enjoy iconic masteries such as Manet's 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' and Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with Badaged Ear.'

London Film Museum Events
Distance: 0.8 mi Tourist Information
45 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7

020 7202 7043

Our venue located in the Covent Garden Piazza has a modern elegant feel and is the perfect space, featuring 4 cellars steeped in history, originally used as the flower cellars for the Covent Gardent market. It features the fantastic Bond in Motion exhibition creating a talking point for any event. For more information about hiring any of our spaces please call 020 7202 7043.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Distance: 1.2 mi Tourist Information
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3BP

Sir John Soane's Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled.The museum is located in Holborn, London, adjacent to Lincoln's Inn Fields. It is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.HistoryHousesSoane demolished and rebuilt three houses in succession on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. He began with No. 12 (between 1792 and 1794), externally a plain brick house. After becoming Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806, Soane purchased No. 13, the house next door, today the Museum, and rebuilt it in two phases in 1808–09 and 1812.In 1808–09 he constructed his drawing office and "museum" on the site of the former stable block at the back, using primarily top lighting. In 1812 he rebuilt the front part of the site, adding a projecting Portland Stone facade to the basement, ground and first floor levels and the centre bay of the second floor. Originally this formed three open loggias, but Soane glazed the arches during his lifetime. Once he had moved into No. 13, Soane rented out his former home at No. 12 (on his death it was left to the nation along with No. 13, the intention being that the rental income would fund the running of the Museum).

Rose Issa Projects
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
82 Great Portland St
London, W1W 7NW

0207 243 3250

Rose Issa is a curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the Middle East for more than 30 years. She has lived in London since the 1980s showcasing upcoming and established artists, producing exhibitions with public and private institutions worldwide, and running a publishing programme. Through curating numerous exhibitions and film festivals, she introduced Western audiences to many artists who have since become stars of the international scene, including: Chant Avedissian, Ayman Baalbaki, Shadi Ghadirian, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Bahman Ghobadi, Hassan Hajjaj, Farhad Moshiri, Abbas Kiarostami, Rashid Koraichi and Nja Mahdaoui among many more. As well as holding exhibitions at her own project space in London, Rose Issa collaborates as a co-curator with private and public institutions such as the Beirut Exhibition Center (2010-11); the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (2010); Tate Britain, London (2008); the European Parliament, Brussels (2008); the State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (2007); the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2007); ING Bank, Geneva (2007); the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2006); the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin (2004); The CCCB (Contemporary Cultural Centre), Barcelona (2003); the IFA - Institut fur Auslandsbezeihungen (2002-3), Stuttgart; the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1996-1997); the Barbican Art Centre, London (2001, 1995); and Leighton House Museum, London (ongoing, since 1992). She also advises and lends works to public and private institutions, including the CAB Art Centre, Brussels (2013); the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2012); the Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia (2009); Paul Klee Museum, Bern (2009); Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2009); The British Museum; the Imperial War Museum; The Museum of Mankind; the Victoria & Albert Museum; The Written Art Foundation, Wiesbaden; The National Museums of Scotland; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution (Sackler/Freer Gallery and National Museum of African Arts); the World Bank, Washington DC; and The National Gallery of Jordan. Rose Issa was a Jury member for the National Pavillions at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and sat on the Jury for the Arab British Centre (2013) and MOPCAP (the Magic of Persia, 2013). Publications Founder of the publishing unit Rose Issa Projects and Beyond Art Production, Rose publishes monographs and comprehensive catalogues addressing the current concerns and trends of the visual arts scene from the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. Recent titles include: Maliheh Afnan: Familiar Faces (2013); Nermine Hammam: Cairo Year One (2012); Raeda Saadeh: Reframing Palestine (2012), Farhad Ahrarnia: Canary in a Coal Mine (2011), Ayman Baalbaki: Beirut Again and Again (2011), Selma Gurbuz: Shadow of My Self (2011), Omid Salehi: a Photographer’s Journey Through Iran (2011), Fathi Hassan (2010); Parastou Forouhar: Art, Life and Death in Iran (2010) and Maliheh Afnan: Traces, Faces, Places (2009). Rose has also co-published the two major overviews on contemporary photography from the Middle East: Arab Photography Now (with Kehrer Verlag, 2011) and Iranian Photography Now (with Hatjie Kantz, 2008). Film from the Arab World and Iran In 1982 Rose Issa launched the first-ever Arab Film Festival in Paris and worked with the Delegations Etrangères at the Cannes Film Festival (1983-1985). For a further 26 years until 2008, she curated Arab and Iranian film seasons in Britain and abroad. She was special advisor to The Berlinale (2003-2007); the International Rotterdam Film Festival (1996-2002); the London International Film Festival (1987-2003); and The British Film Institute (1988-1995). She also curated Arab and Iranian film seasons at The National Film Theatre (“Hollywood on the Nile”, 2003; “Art and Life: The New Iranian Cinema”, 1999; “First Arab Film Festival”, 1987); the Barbican (“Unveiled Lives: Women and Iranian Cinema”, 2001; “Melodramas, Comedies, and Mysteries: North African Film”, 1995). In addition she curated a season of Iranian films for Britain’s Channel 4 (2005) and collaborated with them on “Cinema Iran”, a series of documentaries on Iranian cinema. She also realised the documentary, “Moving Pictures: Tunisian Women Film Directors”, for BBC2 TV (1995).

Local Business Near Big Ben

Tia Maria Restaurant & Music Bar
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
126 South Lambeth Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1RB

0207 622 3602

Tia Maria first opened its door in December 2009 in a 25 covers café on the same South Lambeth Road where we are based. By summer 2010 Tia Maria was already so popular that more often than not we struggled to accommodate guests who many times would stand all night to be able to enjoy the great food and music on offer. Due the popularity and with the opportunity to take over an English pub just yards from the original location our owner/chef Eduardo or Dudu as he is also well known, didn’t hesitate. Straight away started negotiations and less than a month later we re-launched Tia Maria in a much more comfortable setting. What from outside might look like a traditional English pub changes all your perspectives once you walk through the door. A great atmosphere, friendly service, a quite Brazilian decoration and great home prepared food is the least you will experience. Privately owned Tia Maria manages to keep a home feel. Passionate about food Eduardo ensures all ingredients used in our food are responsibly sourced. Since the very start he spends one night a week touring the three most popular wholesale markets in London, Smithfields, New Spitalfieds and Billingsgate ensuring only the best and when possible local produce is brought in to be served at Tia Maria. Being also a musician means you might easily spot Eduardo on our stage on live performances every week. Now that you got to know more about us why not book a space, pop in for a drink, taste our great food? Our diverse menu caters for all kinds of tastes under the sun, and our entertainment is world famous! At Tia Maria you can sample the most delicious Brazilian dishes as well as the hottest music from the “país do futebol” (that’s land of football to you and me). We look forward to seeing you here soon

Holiday Inn Express London - Vauxhall Nine Elms
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
87 South Lambeth Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1RN

0207-7359494

Mimi's Deli
Distance: 1.5 mi Tourist Information
2 Brixton Road
London, United Kingdom SW9 6

+44 (0) 20 7735 2121

Come and join us to experience a wide range of Italian treats, from our fully loaded Ciabatta's with Artichokes and Parma ham, Salt Beef Bagels to our freshly made pasta specials, cooked in-store. Browse our deli counter bursting full of favourite cheeses from Parmigiano Reggiano, Gorgonzola to delicious biscuits and chocolates from leading providers including Caffarel & Mulino Bianco. Wines from all regions of Italy, Prosecco, Vin Santo & Liqueur Hampers also available on request. Panettone sold all year round, Pasta De Cecco, Barilla, Pasta sauces, condiments, jams and many more delights available,including Organic and Gluten free options! If you can't find it in-store we'll order it in for you for the next day!

Fentiman Arms
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
64 Fentiman Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1LA

020 7793 9796

Royal Mail: South London Mail Centre
Distance: 1.5 mi Tourist Information
53 Nine Elms Lane
London, United Kingdom SW8 5

Oval Farmers' Market
Distance: 1.5 mi Tourist Information
St Marks Churchyard, Kennington
London, United Kingdom SE11 4PW

020 8302 9210

Chicken Palace
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
332 Kennington Park Road
London, United Kingdom SE11 4PP

+44 (0) 20 7735 9223

Hanover Arms
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
326 kennington park road
London, United Kingdom SE11 4PP

02077351576

J Roberts & Son
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
22 Wyvil Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 2TG

+44 (0) 20 7622 1131

Oval London Underground Station
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
318 Kennington Park Road
London, United Kingdom SE11 4PP

08432221234

This transport service is operated by Transport for London.

Ashmole Stores
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
73 Claylands Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1NY

+44 (0) 20 7582 2462

WRN Broadcast
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
WRN Broadcast Wyvil Court 10 Wyvil Road London SW8 2TG United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom SW8 2TG

+44 20 7896 9000

OHTV Studio
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
Wyvil Court, 10 Wyvil Road
London, United Kingdom

02077208219

Ashmole Primary School
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
Ashmole Place
London, United Kingdom SW8 1

20-77352419

Oval Cafe
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
312 Kennington Park Rd
London, United Kingdom

020 7735 4603

Kitfo House Restaurant
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
49 south lambeth road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1

02077358915

Executive Trophies & Engraving
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
45 South Lambeth Road
London, United Kingdom SW8 1RH

0207 820 9941

We specialize in Engraving Glass, Brass, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Acrylic and many more materials. We supply and engrave Trophies, Awards, Cups, Gifts, Medals and Signs. Established in 1962 by Michael Hapeshis in Vauxhall London, he became a trusted and highly respected shoe repairer, establishing a service based on high quality workmanship using always top quality materials. Today with 2nd & 3rd generation family members (Christopher & Andreas Hapeshis) continuing the business we have established an international reputation, we have customers in Europe, Tokyo, New Zealand and the USA. Among our customers we have Screen and stage actors, radio presenters, journalists and authors. We have also been photographed by Getty images and our shop has been used for TV sketches and TV advertisements.

Pat's Furniture
Distance: 1.4 mi Tourist Information
16 Clapham Rd
London, United Kingdom SW9 0JG

+44 (0) 20 7735 6636

Apolaki Dirty Boxing - London
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
12 Miles Street
London, United Kingdom SW8 1RZ

02072001088

Embassy Gardens
Distance: 1.3 mi Tourist Information
1 Nine Elms Lane
London, United Kingdom SW8 5