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City Hall

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Address: City Hall 110 The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA, England
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+44 20 7983 4100
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Mon - Thu 08:30 - 18:00
Fri 08:30 - 17:30

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA,...

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA, who in July 2002 became tenants of this striking rounded glass building on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge. Members of the public may visit parts of City Hall Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on occasional weekends.

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Great looking building

What an unusual structure- obvious and standing out on the edge of the River Thames, adjacent to the World War II era battle ship HMS Belfast and within the shadow of the iconic... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an unusual structure- obvious and standing out on the edge of the River Thames, adjacent to the World War II era battle ship HMS Belfast and within the shadow of the iconic Tower Bridge. It's all glass. I even enjoyed viewing it from the outside. You can get great views from the Tower Bridge area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When initially build, this structure created quite a stir due to being perceived as an ugly building. Made of glass and with an internal stair case, most recently featured in the last episode of the Apprentice UK, it is nevertheless an interesting building. In summer time it attracts, besides lots of tourists, the local office workers trying to get some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Such an unusual structure that sits amongst the majestic buildings of the capital city of London and stands out so that this can be seen from a dustance - have a great look up as close as possible

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Great part of London with stunning views and great meeting and conference facilities including free decent wi-fi. The building design is unique and interesting to look at. This is also the venue for official Mayoral business which you maybe to watch public meetings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We held our conference on the 9th floor, excellent facilities and a stunning view of the city for our delegates

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The view from here is second to none, I spent the day here and got to look at the view at different times, it was just stunning, especially at night. The whole building is impressinve, my second visit and I hope not the last! You can also use the cafe there which is cheap and serves decent food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Well it's an unusual building surrounded by traditional architecture. It does stand out a lot and it's a beautiful photo opportunity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This building that was designed by Sir Norman Foster looks like it should fall over but that just shows what a great design it is The Greater London Authority works here and so must have a great view of London Take some great photos of here from afar

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Norman Foster’s architectural landmark of the South Bank, was built in 2002 to host the newly formed Greater London Authority officials, mainly the London Assembly and the office of the Mayor of London. Its unusal shape should reduce the energy consumption, but its extensive glass surface mostly compensates those benefits. The building’s most impressive feature is the fantastic helical staircase.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority where the Mayor of London and his team sits from. Can be viewed from the Westminster area. This is on the opposite bank of the river from House of Parliament.

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