The Big Ben bell in the Elizabeth Tower have been scheduled for a major renovation that is expected to last four years and began in August 2017, with Big Ben’s chimes being silenced on 21 August at 12 noon. Essential maintenance will be carried out on the clock mechanism, which will be stopped for several months, during which there will be no chimes. Striking and tolling will however be maintained for important events such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday. Big Ben will resume striking and tolling in 2021. The aim of the renovation is to repair and conserve the tower, upgrade facilities as necessary, and to ensure its integrity for future generations. The last significant renovation work was carried out to the tower over 30 years ago in 1983-85. The most significant addition to the tower in the forthcoming works will be the addition of a lift.
Big Ben – behind the scenes
Big Ben bongs for the last time for four years