Big Ben is really the bell inside the tower and although the tower was once "St. Stephen's" Tower it was re-named "Elizabeth Tower" in 2012 in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. (That means 60 years for Queen Elizabeth on the throne.) So...let's just get all that out of the way first so I can tell you...it was revealed recently that the hands of the clock will be blue!
They are restoring it to the original color which is Prussian blue.
Apparently, it was painted black in the 1930's.
So, it's about TIME they got it back to the original, don't you think? Ha, ha- I crack myself up.
(There are four clock faces on the tower, so you are seeing just one of them.)
I first saw the Houses of Parliament and that wonderful clock face in May of 1981...it was dark brown and dirty but even then, it took my breath away! It has had extensive restoration since then, and I very much enjoyed the lovely golden color of the buildings whenever I visited London. Covered in scaffolding again, we will have to wait until 2021 to see it in its full glory and to hear the gorgeous deep tones of Big Ben.
At night, when you only see the two clock faces, they can look very much like a face of an owl. Lovely at all TIMES, day and night!