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Big Ben celebrates 150th year
Published: Tuesday 2nd of June 2009
One of London's most popular attractions has celebrated its 150th anniversary over the weekend.
Big Ben, which started ticking on May 31st 1859, is traditionally the name for the largest bell, although it is now used to describe the tower as a whole.
The bell first tolled on July 11th 1859 and the clock mechanism is only ever interrupted for maintenance, bad weather and bird strikes.
Mike McCann, the keeper of the great clock, commented: "It's a typical piece of Victorian engineering.
"A lot of people seem to think that it's some sort of electronic clock but it's entirely clockwork, driven by weights which need winding."
People heading to the city to catch a glimpse of Big Ben may also want to see a number of its other top attractions.
Thursday 23rd of May 2013 London attractions: Cool down at the Fan Museum
Wednesday 22nd of May 2013 Things to do in London: Walk in the 'footie steps' of legends with a Chelsea Stadium Tour
Tuesday 21st of May 2013 London attractions: Enjoy some classical music and art at the Foundling Museum
Monday 20th of May 2013 London attractions: Sit back and take a cruise along the Thames River Cruise
Sunday 19th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Experience the horticultural festivals at the Garden Museum
Friday 17th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Discover the tales behind the Charles Dickens museum
Thursday 16th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Explore the tales of the sea at the National Maritime Museum
Wednesday 15th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Thousands of famous paintings on display at the National Gallery
Tuesday 14th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Ducklings and butterflies take centre-stage at London Wetland Centre
Monday 13th of May 2013 If you are on the hunt for things to do in London, and are searching for a break away from the hustle...
Sunday 12th of May 2013 Things to do in London: Stand above the River Thames with the London Tower Bridge Exhibition