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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. 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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  • This is a very beautiful centrally located historical building. It is used for ceremonial and administrative purposes. On wall of the hall there are many beautiful sculptures. Please see my pictures a...  more »
  • The Guildhall itself (the hall) is open to the public for free when not in use. You will not need more than 30 minutes tops to do it justice as it is just a single medieval all. There is no guide and ...  more »
  • I attended a business reception at the guildhall. The location is fantastic. The building is steeped in history and you can feel the atmosphere when you walk in. As a facility it's second to none. Dri...  more »
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  • I've not been to the Guildhall Square or the art gallery before but I'm pleasantly surprised to discover it. The old and new meet in harmony and the gallery is impressive without being stuffy. Well done City of London shows England has some great features to be found and be proud of
  • Guildhall Art Gallery is one of London's most overlooked and astonishing landmarks. What appears to be a regular Art gallery becomes something quite wonderful. The Guildhall is an ancient London monument. In the eighties, work began on an art collection next to it. The foundation revealed The Roman Arena (missing for 1800 years). It's UNDER the Guildhall, but the slice we can now see includes the actual gate gladiators walked through. The rest is simulated in neon..... and it's free...
  • A great public space in London with a great free art gallery to pop into during lunch, with a must see hidden treasure under it all... I won't spoil the surprise
  • The collection of Victorian art was smallish, but well laid out and very representative. The recently restored Copley was wonderful. The WWI display was powerful and moving and the location was unbeatable. The Roman ampetheater was smaller than anticipated, both in actual size and the amount you could see, but fascinating.
  • This is an old place in London, with an amphitheatre beneath. A medieval building made of stone in 1411, with a great hall and a beautiful crypt with columns.

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