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Big Ben is one of the best known landmarks of London. It is a clock tower which is part of the Houses of Parliament complex. In fact, Big Ben is only the name of the biggest bell. The official name of the tower is Elizabeth Tower – it was renamed on the occasion of the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Previously it was called Clock Tower; some people also call it St Stephen’s Tower (most likely related to St Stephen’s Hall, an adjacent part of the Houses of Parliament).
Big Ben is located on the northern end of the Houses of Parliament, next to Westminster Bridge in the heart of the City of Westminster. It is also immediately next to the entrance to Westminster tube station (served by District, Circle, and Jubilee lines) and Westminster Millennium Pier, where many of Thames sightseeing boat cruises start and end. Big Ben is also very close to many other attractions, including the London Eye, London Aquarium (both on the other side of the Thames), Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, and Downing Street. Big Ben is about 8-10 minutes easy walk from Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station, or about 15 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace.
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