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With Big Ben mostly covered at present due to renovations, what about checking out Little Ben on Victoria Street just outside the station? It was originally installed in 1892 as a miniature version of its more well known brother, (although apart from being a clock tower, it’s not actually like the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the famous bell Big Ben at all). It was removed in 1964 when the road was widened and was never going to be returned, until the French Oil Company Elf, paid for it to be put back. It had become a meeting point for French visitors coming to London and as the clock is permanently set to Daylight saving time, there is an inscription on the base that says ‘My hands you may retard or advance, my heart beats true for England as for France. Nice.

 

Photograph by Thomas Nugent, www.geograph.org.uk