Controversial plans could see the former home of Britain’s oldest manufacturing company – a foundry that produced some of the world’s most famous bells – redeveloped to include an on-site hotel.
The famous chimes of Big Ben will sound for the first time since the New Year as part of technical tests ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
The Extinction Rebellion activist who scaled Big Ben is now in custody after evading police for more than three hours.
Big Ben is making an early comeback this Christmas through Snapchat’s latest augmented reality feature, which sees the scaffolding around Elizabeth Tower fall away inside a life-size snow globe.
The bells of Rochdale Town Hall will replace the usual chimes of Big Ben on BBC Radio 4 this Christmas Eve.
Ruth Davidson has said the level of media attention given to the silencing of Big Ben “gets on my wick”.
Big Ben’s bongs have been silenced as part of a controversial renovation plan that will stop it ringing out for up to four years.