Big Ben will ring in the new year as maintenance work on Elizabeth Tower is paused for Christmas.

The Great Bell, known as ‘Big Ben’, and its four quarter bells will be reinstated from 9.00am on Saturday 23 December and will sound until 1.00pm on New Year’s Day.

‘The joyful striking of Big Ben will ring in the festive season for Londoners, visitors, and the millions of viewers who use it as a focal point to celebrate the New Year’, announced Steve Jaggs, Keeper of the Great Clock.

Big Ben takes pride of place at London’s annual fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.

‘Big Ben falling silent has been a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project, but it has always been planned that its chimes would ring out across Whitehall for special occasions.

‘As Keeper of the Great Clock, my team of clock makers and I have the great honour of ensuring this beautiful piece of Victorian engineering remains an accurate time piece on a daily basis. This essential programme of works will safeguard it future generations, as well as protecting and conserving the Elizabeth Tower.’