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City Hall, London

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Government Building Architectural Building
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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  • Wowwwww, what a beautiful architecture. Next to Thames with nice view it is perfect place for a walk.  more »
  • Nice building, but less impressive than many adjacent sights (Tower Bridge, Shard, etc.). When going to/from the Tower Bridge, you pass by. Enjoy the nice walkway next to Thames and its main attractio...  more »
  • An impressive wedge shaped glass building on side of thames in an open area. Whilst I.pressive modern structure I would prefer city hall to be more majestic.  more »
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  • Unique design of a building, but nice. Decent cafe and quiet work areas inside. The amphitheater is a lovely spot for a rest or lunch and is accompanied with some great views (HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge). Well worth a visit.
  • The headquaters of our current Mayor Sadiq Khan who sees it fit to share a platform with fundamentalists like Sajeel Shahid (Sajeel Abu Ibrahim) who has called for violence against British troops. By the way great job in keeping London safe.
  • Stunning modern building outside and in, recommended for a visit if you're interested in GLA politics or not.
  • Wowwwww, what a beautiful architecture. Next to Thames with nice view it is perfect place for a walk.
  • A beautiful building and you can go in and watch the map of London and see the great views from within.

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