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It’s Been 160 Years Since Big Ben’s First Bong, and the Tower Is Marking the Occasion by Staying Quiet

Big Ben is missing a landmark birthday by having a quiet one this year, despite turning 160 years old. Read More >>

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HP Sauce Has Changed Its Label for Only the Second Time in Its History to Show Big Ben in Scaffolding

Big Ben is currently in the midst of four year face-lift that's seen the decrepit old tower trussed up in scaffolding since 2017, letting out a forlorn little bong from time to time despite being taken off duty. Read More >>

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Big Ben Got Stuck on the Finish Line at the London Marathon

It seems Big Ben has used his break from bonging while renovation work goes on to train for the London Marathon. Read More >>

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Big Ben’s Scaffolding is Now On Google Maps

Big Ben is under tourist-disappointing scaffolding until at least 2021, and it's been there so long that it's now part of Google Maps. Read More >>

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Big Ben’s Getting Blue Hands

Big ol' Ben is currently silent for three years' worth of repairs, and while that's going on, researchers have been busily trying to figure out what the original colour scheme was. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Brought Back Big Ben For Selfie-Snapping Tourists

It's not a great time to visit the UK as a tourist. Besides all the Brexit nonsense and the December weather, one of our greatest tourist spots is under scaffolding and silent. Read More >>

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Rochdale Town Hall Steps Forward To Do The Christmas Bongs In Place of Big Ben

It's not Christmas (or indeed New Year) without the sonorous bonging of Big Ben, but since our beloved clock tower is currently silenced for repairs, a replacement has had to be found. Read More >>

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Taco Bell Confuses the Heck Out of London By Making Big Ben Bong Again

Big Ben is silent at the moment because of renovations on the Elizabeth Tower (you wouldn't fancy a GIANT BELL bonging in your ear while you're trying to work, would you?). It's only bringing back its signature bongs on very special occasions, like Remembrance Day (or the testing for it). Read More >>

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Big Ben Made a Noise

Big Ben is being quiet at the moment, with the bonging of the bell shut down to protect the hearing of workers involved with the extensive renovations going on in Elizabeth Tower. People were outraged about this, but their concerns were ignored. Instead Big Ben was relegated to bonging on special occasions, and when you need to test for those occasions - which is what just happened. Read More >>

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Big Ben Cleared to Bong Again

The chimes of Big Ben will once again ring out over the heads of milling tourists this weekend, as special approval to restart the ringing has been granted. Read More >>

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Big Ben Maintenance Work Will Force Londoners to Check Watches in New Year

Before you all get vicious in the comments section below, we know that Big Ben’s actually just the bell. Save your angry typing -- ‘Elizabeth Tower’ just doesn't bring in the clicks. Read More >>

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Lego’s Next Architectural Masterpiece is a Two-Foot-Tall Replica of Big Ben

Lego’s Architecture series gives adult fans the perfect excuse to keep buying the building toy — because they appreciate the design of the buildings, not because they secretly wanted to build spaceships. And while the new Lego Big Ben isn’t officially part of the Architecture line, at over 60 centimetres tall it’s still an impressively detailed recreation. Read More >>

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Big Ben to Fall Silent for Months as Elizabeth Tower is Repaired and Restyled

People of Westminster, it’s time to invest in your own personal clock/watch/phone. The House of Commons has confirmed that Big Ben will fall silent as Elizabeth Tower undergoes repair works, which will begin in 2017 and continue for three years. The period will be formally known as London’s Great Dong Crisis. Read More >>

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Big Ben and Elizabeth Tower Might Need to be Covered in Scaffolding for a Year

You may have already read that Big Ben’s hands are about to fall off, but that’s bollocks, according to a spokesperson (not least because Big Ben is actually the bell inside the famous clock). London’s best-loved timepiece is still in bad shape though, requiring urgent repairs that could take up to a year. Imagine that. 12 months with scaffolding hiding one of London’s most famous landmarks. Not ideal. Read More >>

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London’s Southbank to be Home to Awesome Lego World Map

Big Ben, the Empire State Building and Taj Mahal. All three are pretty great wonders of the world, but have you seen them all in one place? Well, if you head down to London's Southbank, you can witness all three of them, plus many more wonders, all in one place. The only thing is... they're made of Lego. Sweet. Read More >>