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City Hall

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Address: City Hall 110 The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA, England
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+44 20 7983 4100
08:30 - 18:00
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Mon - Thu 08:30 - 18:00
Fri 08:30 - 17:30

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA,...

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA, who in July 2002 became tenants of this striking rounded glass building on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge. Members of the public may visit parts of City Hall Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on occasional weekends.

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Interesting body, intriguing inside

London's City Hall is embedded within some really interesting features alongside the Thames River bank. It is unusually shaped and uses cold groundwater to cool the building and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My little one has been intrigued by this building ever since spotting it from the sky garden. We walked past to have a peer in only to be told visitors are welcome. We were not able to look at the gallery as it was near closing time, however we were able to walk down the focal point, the spiral ramp... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

London's City Hall is embedded within some really interesting features alongside the Thames River bank. It is unusually shaped and uses cold groundwater to cool the building and then uses the water for flushing the toilets - how cool is that? City Hall is the workspace of the Mayor of London, so only some areas are open to the public... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

What an unusual structure- obvious and standing out on the edge of the River Thames, adjacent to the World War II era battle ship HMS Belfast and within the shadow of the iconic Tower Bridge. It's all glass. I even enjoyed viewing it from the outside. You can get great views from the Tower Bridge area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

When initially build, this structure created quite a stir due to being perceived as an ugly building. Made of glass and with an internal stair case, most recently featured in the last episode of the Apprentice UK, it is nevertheless an interesting building. In summer time it attracts, besides lots of tourists, the local office workers trying to get some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Such an unusual structure that sits amongst the majestic buildings of the capital city of London and stands out so that this can be seen from a dustance - have a great look up as close as possible

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Great part of London with stunning views and great meeting and conference facilities including free decent wi-fi. The building design is unique and interesting to look at. This is also the venue for official Mayoral business which you maybe to watch public meetings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We held our conference on the 9th floor, excellent facilities and a stunning view of the city for our delegates

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The view from here is second to none, I spent the day here and got to look at the view at different times, it was just stunning, especially at night. The whole building is impressinve, my second visit and I hope not the last! You can also use the cafe there which is cheap and serves decent food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Well it's an unusual building surrounded by traditional architecture. It does stand out a lot and it's a beautiful photo opportunity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This building that was designed by Sir Norman Foster looks like it should fall over but that just shows what a great design it is The Greater London Authority works here and so must have a great view of London Take some great photos of here from afar

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