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City Hall, London

(4.2/5 based on 190 reviews on the web)
City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA), which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.BackgroundFor the first two years of its existence, the Greater London Authority was based at Romney House, Marsham Street in Westminster. Meetings of the London Assembly took place at Emmanuel Centre, also on Marsham Street.City Hall was constructed at a cost of £43 million on a site formerly occupied by wharves serving the Pool of London. The building does not belong to the GLA but is leased under a 25-year rent. Despite its name, City Hall is not in and does not serve a city (as recognised by English constitutional law), which often adds to the confusion of Greater London with the City of London, which has its headquarters at Guildhall. In June 2011, Mayor Boris Johnson announced that for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the building would be called London House.
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  • It was my first time inside City Hall tonight for a launch event, and I was happily surprised and impressed that a place I've walked past a few times captured my attention once inside. It was both a l...  more »
  • We popped in to City Hall for something to eat and were so glad we did! After going through security we went down the staircase overlooking a massive ariel view map of Greater London. We live in Surre...  more »
  • This is a very unusual building that you can’t help noticing. The bulbous structure, designed by Sir Norman Foster, has been compared to a car headlamp, an ashtray and a fencing mask. Nicknames includ...  more »
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  • Exuding authority and the nexus of the "More London" development on the Southbank this controversial and distinct building could do with a squirt of glass cleaner. The animated and vibrant environs are spacious and attractive.
  • The "residence" of Mayor of London, it's not only an office but a piece of modern architecture. The structure is beautiful inside and outside, well balance building, well worth seeing. Sometimes it does open, its doors to the public, so when it does go and see it.
  • Interesting building - visited during Open House London. The cafe offers good food at reasonable prices too.
  • Good coffee and so more as incredible like my thinking.
  • Love the architecture and the view from the top is pretty good too!