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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower that stands at the east end of the Houses of Parliament. Heralding the location of Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben—or the Elizabeth Tower, renamed in honor of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee—stands proud as a symbol of London and the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront. The Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament, is another historic monument, as behind the grand Gothic facade, politicians have dictated local laws since 1215, when King John's Magna Carta signified the birth of parliament in the United Kingdom.

The Basics
The most exciting ways to see the UK Parliament and Big Ben's great clock face are from a capsule on the nearby London Eye Ferris wheel or on a Thames River cruise, both of which offer magnificent views of the 315-foot (96-meter) clock tower and the Neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster while allowing you to avoid the crowds that gather at Big Ben's base. The landmarks can be experienced at their most atmospheric on a night tour of London, when Big Ben is dramatically illuminated.

Travelers wanting to learn about British politics, with its complex system of monarchs, lords, and elected members of parliament, can arrange an official tour of the Houses of Parliament or even watch a debate from the public galleries. Big Ben, however, is only accessible to UK residents, who must request permission from their local member of parliament to visit. For everyone else, the clock tower is best admired from afar on a city tour that includes stops at other London attractions, such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Big Ben is visited on most half- and full-day tours of London, whether a walking, biking, or bus tour.
  • Take 10 minutes to admire the statues of Parliament Square, all of which depict famous political figures.
  • Guided tours of the Houses of Parliament run most Saturdays, and the public galleries are open when parliament is in session—time your visit wisely to watch opposing political parties in fierce debate.

How to Get to Big Ben
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are located on the north bank of the Thames River, easily accessible from the Westminster underground tube station, which is serviced by the Jubilee, Circle, and District lines. Alternatively, hop off at Waterloo station to wander along the vibrant South Bank past the London Eye, then walk across Westminster Bridge to Big Ben.

When to Get There
Holiday travelers can join the crowds to watch London's legendary New Year's Eve fireworks, which take place right in front of Big Ben and ignite the sky in a riot of color. Ensure you book tickets for the firework display well in advance to avoid disappointment and guarantee an unforgettable evening.
Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, England
Hours: Daily when parliament is in session
Admission: £14-£16.50 (adults)
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

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Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames

Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames

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Enjoy a delicious meal and be serenaded by live jazz on this relaxing Sunday lunch cruise on the Thames River in London. Step aboard a comfortable sightseeing cruise boat as you sail by top London sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and many other iconic landmarks. As you cruise, sit down to a delicious 3-course lunch and kick back to sparkling jazz classics including easy listening, Dixieland and trad jazz numbers played by a band of acclaimed musicians.
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Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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Watch the Thames River light up at night on a dinner cruise with live jazz. Kick-off your night with a glass of sparkling wine as you glide into the current, and spot the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower of London. Enjoy jazz classics along with swing and Latin tunes, then relax over a 3-course dinner in a heated cabin. Savor dishes like cheese and charcuterie, chicken escalope, and rich berry cheesecake, with plenty of time to take in the sights between courses.
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
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  • 4 hours
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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London Highlights Family-Friendly Walking Tour with Top Guide

London Highlights Family-Friendly Walking Tour with Top Guide

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See the highlights of London in a family-oriented way on this private walking tour. With a professional guide, explore Westminster to view top sights such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey; enjoying games and activities on route that bring the sights and their history alive. Plus, watch the Changing of the Guard (dependent on the day) at Buckingham Palace, see ancient London’s Roman wall, and more. Use of public transport and optional entrance fees at own expense.
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Private Tour of London in a Classic Car

Private Tour of London in a Classic Car

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See London with your own private driver who shows you around the city in a classic Mini Cooper. During your two-hour tour, your driver-guide shows you both top attractions including St Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament (aka Palace of Westminster) and Big Ben, and lesser-known favorites such as Borough Market — the oldest food market in London. Get an insider’s perspective on the best places to go in London and enjoy the fun of seeing the city in your own private car.
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Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

Skip-the-line London Westminster Abbey and City of Westminster Kid-Friendly Tour

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Discover Westminster Abbey—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of London’s most in-demand attractions—without the hassle: this family-friendly tour makes it easy for kids and adults alike to explore the landmark. Meet your private guide at Westminster Abbey, and head straight in: skip-the-line access will save you time and prevent stress. Afterward, take to the streets of Westminster, accompanied by your guide, and discover renowned landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and St. James's Park.
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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Take a private custom tour through bustling London in a traditional black taxi! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 2-hour itinerary or take the reins completely, escorting you to London’s key attractions. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. London is your oyster on this private black taxi tour!
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London by Night Private Taxi Tour

London by Night Private Taxi Tour

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See London’s sights come alive after dark on this private, taxi tour of the city. Meet your guide at a location of your choosing and climb aboard: your driver has passed the infamous Knowledge of London exam, and can share all kinds of stories and trivia with you as you go. Discover London’s key landmarks lit up after dark, from Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square to the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Your driver can also accommodate custom sightseeing stops.
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Layover London private Tour from Heathrow Airport

Layover London private Tour from Heathrow Airport

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This Tour is Ideal for those with short time in London. Don’t spend your layover time stuck inside the airport. Instead discover London, the capital of England, it’s a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. The London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. Spend your time exploring London with your personal chauffeur. great for families with children or elderly travellers
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River Thames Evening Cruise

River Thames Evening Cruise

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Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket Options

London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket Options

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Sightseeing in London? Get around the easy way with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass and combine the ease of a tour with the flexibility of independent travel. See Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben from the open-top double-decker bus, then jump off to ride the London Eye, tour the Tower of London or watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. That’s not all: your pass also includes a free Royal London or The Beatles walking tour, a River Thames boat cruise and an optional KidZania entry ticket.
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Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

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Step inside one of London's most iconic attractions on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament. Meet your guide right in front of the UNESCO-listed attraction. Once inside, you’ll follow in royal footsteps, will visit both the House of Commons and the Lords Chamber, will admire artworks and architectural highlights, and more. As you go, your guide will share stories and facts about the landmark’s long history.
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Tower of London with London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Tower of London with London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Make the most of your limited time in London—and discover many of the city’s world-famous attractions—with this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Tower of London package. Pick between 1-, 2-, or 3-day unlimited bus access, depending on your schedule; as you wend your way around London, you can look forward to seeing landmarks ranging from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Buckingham Palace. Your package also includes tickets to the Tower of London—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home of the Crown Jewels.
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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Billy's Black Cab Tour of London

Billy's Black Cab Tour of London

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A QUALIFIED Tour Guide & AUTHENTIC London Cab Driver In Billy's Black Cab Tour of London, you will see all you could hope for... and more! At every turn of the experience, there is history and there are wonders everywhere. Whilst travelling around London, your tour guide will tell you about all the amazing historical phenomenons of the ages; taking you through a journey of the Romans, Vikings, Normans, Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians and twentieth century! Two thousand years in a single tour journey! Superior to a walking tour or bus tour - you will be chauffeured across the whole of Central London, seeing all the landmarks and many hidden gems you wouldn't think to look for! See West and East London in one experience! I know my London and I invite you to love it like I do! You will also get a photography package! I take pictures of you, edit the best few images and send all of which to you at no extra cost! Authentic Londoner Black Cab History Major Official Tour Guide Customisble
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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Private Full Day Tour in London

Private Full Day Tour in London

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London is widely considered among the world’s must-see cities, but pounding the sidewalks on foot takes time and effort. On this sightseeing tour, begin with pickup at your centrally located hotel and explore England’s capital in style—by private chauffeur-driven vehicle. Spin to top attractions like Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy the freedom to customize your route to hit the sites of most interest.
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and travel in style across London. Uncover the city’s royal secrets and history with a guided tour from a White Tower Warden at Tower of London with time to explore at your leisure and see the Crown Jewels. After passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe, stop for a bite to eat at Borough Market. Then head to Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married. Receive a guided tour of the Abbey before you're treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea with all the trimmings at the Abbey’s Cellarium Café.
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Layover Tour of London from LHR Executive Luxurious Vehicle Private Tour

Layover Tour of London from LHR Executive Luxurious Vehicle Private Tour

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*this Tour is Ideal for those with short time in London *Meet and greet on arrival: Your chauffeur will greet you, assist you with the luggage and then take you on a LONDON Tour. *London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. The specified touring time starts from your flight’s actual landing time, so you will not lose out if your flight is delayed! Touring ends either at a London airport or at your central London hotel** within the advised timings. All Tours Carried out in Executive Vehicles Our definition of “private tour” simply means your tour, where all ground services are provided by your very own personal driver,
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  • 6 hours
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Double Decker Bus Tour and Hard Rock Cafe Meal in London

Double Decker Bus Tour and Hard Rock Cafe Meal in London

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Discover London with ease and efficiency with a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus package. In addition to 24-hours of access to the seven bus routes, you also enjoy a Thames river cruise and three walking tours. Go wherever you like and take time to explore the places that interest you. When your stomach starts rumbling, head the the Hard Rock Cafe and choose from a variety of menu options.
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