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St Osyth in the snow 2009

St Osyth

in the county of Essex

Baggy Point

Croyde

a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

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Pictures of Big Ben

a Historic Building in the town of London, in the county of Greater London

About Big Ben

Big Ben is famous the world over for being the giant four faced clock in London, England, but infact its not the name of the clock at all. Big Ben is the name of the giant 14-tonne bell that hangs inside the clock tower and chimes every hour of every day in England. The huge bell was hung in 1858 and named after Sir Benjamin Hall, Chief Commissioner of Works at the time the bell was hung. The bell is the second giant bell to be hung, the first one became cracked during a test ringing. However, the present bell also has a slight crack. Big Ben is the largest clock in Britain and has kept exact time for the nation since May 1859. It has four 23ft (7.5m) dials (one on each face) and the minute hand is 14ft long and made of hollow copper for lightness. In England you can hear Big Ben chiming daily the nation over, either on television news or radio.

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Westminster

Westminster (131 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(0.4 miles, 0.6 km)

Of all the jewels in the City of Westminster, none shines more brightly than Westminster Abbey, stunning setting for the coronation of almost every English monarch since William the Conqueror was crowned there in 1066...

A picture of Royal Albert Hall

London (3303 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Greater London

(0.6 miles, 0.9 km)

London is one of the World's most exciting, cultural destinations where visitors can walk with history whilst enjoying all that is best of modern day facilities, shops, theatres.....

Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House), Piccadilly

Piccadilly (18 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(0.8 miles, 1.4 km)

One of the Capital's most noted places, Piccadilly sweeps uphill with handsome houses on one side and Green Park on the other...

Curzon St., Mayfair

Mayfair (33 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(1.2 miles, 1.9 km, direction NW)

Mayfair has it all, it is the haunt of the rich and famous, with elegant houses and apartment buildings that are the sole province of the wealthy...

London - Marylebone, Paddington Place, Sept 2002

Marylebone (6 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(1.6 miles, 2.6 km, direction NW)

Marylebone is one of London's more affluent area's, it is home mostly to the well to do, and yet only a couple of centuries ago a large workhouse was built here to give shelter to the poor and homeless, often foundlings were discovered on the workhouse doorstep...

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Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge, Greater London

Houses of Parliament (111 Pictures)

(0.1 miles, 0.1 km)

The Houses of Parliament, also known as The Palace of Westminster has been the seat of the two Houses of Parliament called the.....

London Eye

London Eye (260 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)

At a height of 450 feet (135m) and 1600 tonnes, the London Eye Observation Wheel is the biggest of its kind to ever be built. It.....

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey (84 Pictures)

(0.4 miles, 0.6 km)

Westminster Abbey is world famous for being the resting place of centuries of British monarchs, and as the place where.....

Admiralty Arch, London, Greater London

Admiralty Arch (12 Pictures)

(0.5 miles, 0.7 km)

This is part of London's great ceremonial route recognisable all around the world. The massive arch was designed by Sir Aston.....

Cleopatra's Needle in London

Cleopatra's Needle, London (6 Pictures)

(0.5 miles, 0.8 km)

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