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Guildhall, London

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Guildhall is a Grade I-listed building in the City of London, England. It is situated off Gresham and Basinghall streets, in the wards of Bassishaw and Cheap. The building has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London and its Corporation. (It should not be confused with London's City Hall, the administrative centre for Greater London, of which the City of London is not part.) The term "Guildhall" refers both to the whole building and to its main room, which is a medieval great hall. The building is traditionally referred to as Guildhall, never "the" Guildhall. The nearest London Underground stations are Bank, St Paul's and Moorgate.HistoryRoman, Saxon and MedievalThe great hall is believed to be on a site of an earlier Guildhall . Possible evidence for this derivation may be in a reference to John Parker, the sergeant of "Camera Guyhalde", London, in 1396.
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  • A very impressing building with an interior and exterior equally striking. Visited for an event and was wowed by the location. Definitely worth returning to learn about the history.  more »
  • There are three locations each woth a visit, Guildhall itself, splendid banquet hall. the Guilhall Art Gallery, with many Victorian Paintings and an amazing ruin of Roman fooundations all with free en...  more »
  • It is similar in structure to a cathedral and was the administrative center of the City, City Hall, for more than 800 years old and is still the headquarters of the Corporation of London, the ancient guilds of Arts and crafts in London. One encounters almost by chance, among the modern buildings and skyscrapers of the City. We are inside the Guildhall complex, in the heart of the city, a few hundred meters from the London Museum, at the offices of the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of England and the Church of St. Paul, banners and shields of the 100 corporations adorn the walls, and all the mayors from 1189 are mentioned in the Windows. Interestingly, in the same complex, is the Guildhall Art Gallery, rebuilt in neo-Gothic style with many paintings by politicians and a great collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings, with works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Millais. Also very beautiful paintings by Constable, as Salisbury Cathedral, and the works of Reynolds and other artists. Admission is free on Fridays and every day after 15.30.
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  • A complex of administrative and ceremonial buildings surrounding a large piazza. Medieval Guildhall with its majestic Hall, the 70's brutalism of the West Wing, the Art Gallery and St. Lawrence Jewry; the components of a visual feast. Oh Magog ! this is beautiful. Essential visit
  • At the LGiU C'llrs Awards 2016 was a great evening, even though we did not win !
  • A good spot to visit if you're a tourist in London and not so crowded and popular as other places.
  • Nice place for city workers to eat their lunch, if nothing else. Plus occasionally there is a food market here.
  • Historical building with nice architecture but not much to do. Worth seeing though