Westminster, The Queen’s Tower, Imperial College London

Tower Details

Westminster, The Queen’s Tower, Imperial College London, SW7 2DD (TQ266792) 10 bells — 38- 1-15 in Db. Ringing takes place on a limited number of dates:

  • University of London Society Annual Ringing* (not taking place in 2022)
  • The anniversary the Queen’s Accession, 6th February (a quarter peal was rung)
  • Postponed Degree Ceremonies, Thursday 10th March and Wednesday 30th March 2022
  • The anniversary of the Queen’s Birthday, 21st April
  • Imperial College Postgraduate Degree Ceremonies*, Wednesday 4th May 2022
  • The anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, 2nd June
  • The anniversary of the Duke of Cambridge’s birthday, 21st June (CANCELLED in 2022 due to the train strike)
  • The anniversary of the Princess Royal’s Birthday, 15th August
  • Imperial College Commemoration Day (and Undergraduate Degree Ceremonies)* Wednesday 19th October 2022
  • The anniversary of the Prince of Wales’ Birthday, 14th November
  • Peal Attempt, 24th December (usually, but unlikely to take place in 2022)


Very large-scale maintenance is due to take place on the tower, to address the issue of falling masonry.  A cordon is already in place around the base of the tower and scaffolding will be erected in due course.

The schedule of ringing shown above will take place if possible before the work starts but the schedule may be cancelled at very short notice when the work is about to start.  It is ESSENTIAL that visitors get in touch if they wish to join us as there are special arrangements for access to the tower.  No visitors can be accommodated when there is a quarter peal attempt.

With tower work likely to take place at very short notice, and expected to last for two years, we are not taking any bookings for visiting bands, including peal bands for the annual peal attempt.

Regular Notes:

* These dates change a little from year to year.  The other dates are fixed.

QT (JW)When the dates above fall on weekdays ringing takes place between 1300 and 1400 and visitors are always welcome.  If a date falls on a weekend (or a Bank Holiday) the time may vary, a quarter peal may be arranged, and visitors cannot usually be accommodated.  If you would like to come it is always advisable to check first and we will know to look out for you.

You should bear in mind that with 239 steps to the ringing chamber, a 38 cwt tenor and considerable tower movement, strong legs and arms and good bell-handling are indispensible qualifications for ringing here.

For more details about the tower and bells see the website: http://www.ringing.info/qt.html

The article here


includes a video (360 degree view in some browsers) of the bells being rung on 21st April 2016, for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Tower contact: James White, 2 Elvetham Crescent, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 1BU; 01252 662043, 07931 195595, mail.james.white@gmail.com

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