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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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Great Space, Great Views - Old & New

It was my first time inside City Hall tonight for a launch event, and I was happily surprised and impressed that a place I've walked past a few times captured my attention once... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time inside City Hall tonight for a launch event, and I was happily surprised and impressed that a place I've walked past a few times captured my attention once inside. It was both a little disconcerting to walk behind the audience and speakers, especially given I was late to the event, and also a tad distracting... More 

1 Thank Vanessacalling
Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in to City Hall for something to eat and were so glad we did! After going through security we went down the staircase overlooking a massive ariel view map of Greater London. We live in Surrey and were delighted that we could find our road on the map. We had a lovely fresh and very reasonably priced snack... More 

1 Thank Mary Z
Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very unusual building that you can’t help noticing. The bulbous structure, designed by Sir Norman Foster, has been compared to a car headlamp, an ashtray and a fencing mask. Nicknames include ‘the snail’ and ‘the onion’. Former Mayor Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson have given it some ruder nicknames which I am too polite to repeat here.... More 

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 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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Reviewed 23 February 2017

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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Reviewed 17 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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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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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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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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