Big Ben

  • Britain stages grand funeral for Margaret Thatcher April 17, 2013

    London: London will stage its biggest political funeral in almost half a century on Wednesday when Britain's governing elite join the Queen and global leaders to bid farewell to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, better known as the "Iron Lady". In an event comparable to that of Winston Churchill's funeral in...
  • Big Ben to be silenced after 48 years for Thatcher's funeral April 16, 2013

    London: For the first time in 48 years, London's iconic Big Ben will fall silent on Wednesday as a mark of respect for 'Iron lady' Margaret Thatcher's funeral. The former Conservative Prime Minister died of a stroke in London on Monday aged 87. She will be given a ceremonial funeral...
  • Big Ben to chime 40 times ahead of London Olympics July 24, 2012

    London: London's iconic Big Ben will chime 40 times in three minutes on Friday as part of a mass bellringing event marking the start of the Olympics. It is believed to be the first time the bell has rung outside its regular schedule since February, 15, 1952 when it tolled...
  • Four admit plotting to bomb London targets February 2, 2012

    An al Qaidainspired group wanted to target the London Stock Exchange, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. ...
  • Lean times on the Thames: Big Ben slightly askew October 11, 2011

    London: Big Ben has a little bend. Experts say the neogothic clock tower one of the world's most recognisable landmarks is gently leaning to one side. Documents recently published by Britain's Parliament show that the top of its gilded spire is nearly 18 inches out of line. The 315...