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City Hall, London

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 160+ 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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  • We visited City Hall during Open House Weekend in London 2016. We were allowed to go upto 9th Floor and take a walk around the walkway and see some breathtaking views of the Thames River and beyond. W...  read more »
  • The office of the mayor of london overlooking the thames. Cool place to work really
  • A great building of public interest which has a cafe on the Lower Ground Floor serving a selection of hot and cold food and drink. There is a great public wifi connection in the building and it has excellent views of Tower Bridge, Tower Hill and other points of interest of London's iconic skyline. There a fab aerial photograph of London which is pretty cool to stand on and find where you are/live.
  • Voting for a new London Mayor soon. Not sure about this building, have been inside and how thermally efficient it actually is. Looks quite dull during the Winter but starts to come alive during the summer season, but all of London and the developments seem to rely upon acres of glass to achieve architectural impact. I quite like the old 1960's style of Brutalism with a bit of concrete and sharp edges.
  • Interesting building - visited during Open House London. The cafe offers good food at reasonable prices too.
  • It seriously needs a clean!! It's filthy, which is a real shame because it is such a great building. I've worked nearby for 6 years and have never seen it cleaned.
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