Big Ben's Blue Hands Ungloved

By Gary Cutlack on at

Part of the massive heap of scaffolding that's been ruining London's views for tourists for years has been removed, with the first of the Elizabeth Tower's refurbished clock faces revealed for the first time in its deepest Prussian blue finish.

The photogenic architectural object informally and incorrectly known as Big Ben now features a blue-tinged clock face on the North side, thanks to decades of black paint and bus fumes having been removed and the hands and numerals restored to their original shade of blue.

The other three faces will gradually be revealed in their blueness over the next year or two, as the project to refurb the Palace of Westminster's tower and its great bell reaches completion in 2021.

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