London Icons: Big Ben, Red Telephone Box, Bobbies

23 September, 2009

To conclude our 17-day long Central Europe trip, I will provide you with a quick showcase of London icons.  Starting with Big Ben -> Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is often extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well.

Big Ben
The Merlin Entertainments London Eye (known more simply as The London Eye, and also known as the Millennium Wheel), is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe (at a height of 135 metres), and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, visited by over three million people in one year.

London Eye
The red telephone boxes that are everywhere in London.  The color red was chosen for these boxes so that they are easy to spot – and indeed that had worked very well. 🙂


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Red Telephone Box
The often mistaken as “London Bridge” in the nursery rhymes ‘London Bridge is falling down” due to its drawbridge.  This bridge is actually known as “Tower Bridge”.

Tower Bridge

How can we forget the Bobbies from the British Metropolitan Police Force.  Policemen became to be known as ” bobbies” after Robert Peel who set up the first organised police service in London, 1829.  Bobby is short for Robert.

British Police Bobbies

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (9)

  • WalterReply

    24 September, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Looks like a nice holiday in one of the Europe’s greatest cultural capitals. Did you manage to visit their museums or catch a show at the Royal Opera House? I will definitely want to visit London again sometime soon. Have been there twice – once for holiday and another time for work.

    • ZhiqiangReply

      24 September, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      Yep we visited the Natural History Museum – very interesting display of dinosaurs and mammals. Wanted to catch a theatre performance but ran out of time 🙂

      This is also my 2nd time in London – will explore other parts of England next time e.g. Stonehenge, Cambridge (Hogwarts School)..

  • bug trackingReply

    24 September, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    The last pic is interesting!

  • willassReply

    16 November, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Why havent you all went to thailand , i’m going there today and will be blogging it on thursday probably. Certainly will link y’all for people interested in other country 🙂

    • ZhiqiangReply

      16 November, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      @willass, thanks! Looking forward to your post on your Thailand trip. 🙂

  • linjieReply

    21 May, 2010 at 10:24 am

    The tower bridge is beautiful..
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  • RobinReply

    7 March, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Great photos of the Big Ben. Another famous London icon are the double decker buses.

  • Robert EtisonReply

    21 June, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Fabulous images, the colors and details are excellent. I really enjoyed reading this post and following the guide on all the things that can be done in a day in London. I can’t wait to visit London and see them all!

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