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Resplendent in its gothic grandeur and chiming out the hours as London life races past, Big Ben towers above the seat of British democracy and power. Smart-suited politicians disappear into the hallowed Westminster halls, while red double-decker buses cruise the bridge, captured in a hundred camera shutters in the quintessential image of London. St Paul’s Cathedral shines in the distance, while the South Bank beckons with its galleries and theatres, but lingering awhile on Westminster Bridge is no bad thing either.

Things to see

The views from Westminster Bridge are something to be savoured, so it hardly matters that the crowds meander slowly from one side of the river to the other, skirting around bagpipe players, human statues, and a whole variety of other street performers. Find a spot along the railings and enjoy watching the boats drift by against the London skyline. Skyscrapers shimmer downriver, but the main architectural attraction here is Big Ben itself, and the adjoining Houses of Parliament You can get a sneak peek into the inner sanctum of British politics on a guided tour of the splendid gilded halls, and why not pause for a classic afternoon tea on the terrace? It’s the most refined way imaginable to enjoy the river views at leisure. After, you can pop round the corner to Westminster Abbey, the most regal of all gothic churches, as the site of royal weddings and coronations.

Hotels in Big Ben

Stay like royalty at one of the luxury hotels near Big Ben, where you’ll have 5-star service lavished upon you, from pampering treatments in the full-service spas, to fine dining and top concierge services. The rooms and suites feature little luxuries, like espresso makers and designer toiletries, as well as soundproofing and climate control. While hotels don’t exactly come cheap around Big Ben, there are some Big Ben hotel deals to be had. There are some serviced apartment complexes, which can be a cost-effective option for groups, while a few guesthouses, offering free WiFi and breakfast, can be found too.

Where to stay

For the ultimate luxury and iconic views, opt for one of the 5-star hotels near Big Ben in the Westminster district. You’ll be staying in complete opulence, with river views, and the location’s perfect for exploring the best of central London. To the south, Victoria offers excellent transport links and is within walking distance of Big Ben and the Royal Parks. It offers a choice of familiar brand, mid-range hotels and smaller guesthouses. Just across the river, Waterloo is another convenient location with several brand hotels at reasonable prices, and provides easy access to both the South Bank and Westminster.

How to get to Big Ben

Right at the heart of London, Big Ben and the Westminster area is exceptionally well-connected. Waterloo Station is located just a few minutes’ walk away, and has local and national rail services. The Gatwick Express arrives into nearby Victoria, also within walking distance. Some of the larger hotels can arrange airport transfers from any of the main London airports. There are numerous underground stations close to Big Ben, including Westminster, right outside, as well as Embankment and St James’s Park, both a short walk away. This makes it easy to get to from across London, via numerous different tube lines.

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