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“The Guild Hall City of london” 5 of 5 stars
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Guildhall
London, England (Westminster / Belgravia)
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Ranked #252 of 1,081 attractions in London
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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Luton England
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“The Guild Hall City of london”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Walking up from Trafalgar in to the city my aim was to visit the Pearly Harvest Festival Party. Free to the public and set in front of the beautiful Guild Hall, looking like a lovely giant wedding cake, it was a sight to behold. On the lovely marble square thePearly Kings and Queens were already gathering. Their private London Cab was decorated with large 'pearl' buttons and along with a barrel organ set the scene along with the pretty maypole in the middle of the square.
Children dressed in all the colours of the rainbow led the dancing around the Maypole after which all of the dignitaries in their scarlet robes were persuaded to join in. Then came the Pandemonium drums, real chaotic fun. There were Morriss dancers, bands and beautiful donkeys drawing little carts to take the harvest to the church of St Mary Le Bow along with New Foundland dogs doing the same. At the end of the day the Pearly Party, including Chelsea Pensioners, toured the arena and led a Cockney sing song before parading to the church along with everyone else who had been involved. A great day out, a free event for charity and well worth a donation.

Visited September 2013
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“Roman ruins with atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Down in the basement of Guildhall, there are some Roman ruins of a colluseum. It's free to go down there, and when we went, it was virtually deserted and very atmospheric. Lovely to get away from crowds and just contemplate the layers of history in front of you. The hall also has an interesting art gallery, which is well worth a look.

Visited May 2013
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Toronto
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“Nice to see/ GEt a Guide to take you”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We wouldn't have gone here if it wasn't for our guide. He talked to security to allow us to go in. Really interesting architecture and having someone explain the history and function was very interesting. Quite the history. The banners indicating the different trades etc were on display but would have been lost on me if not for the guide.
Not touristed at all from what we saw.

Visited June 2013
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“Excellent Introduction to the Peculiar Governance of the City of London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Extremely interesting hall and your need an explanation of how the Guilds govern the City of London. Great pictures and statuary.

Try to go with a guide.

Visited May 2013
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“if you are not tired of life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

If you are interested in the history of the City of London then you will really enjoy a trip to Guildhall.

The City is proud of its heritage and independance which requires the reigning monarch to seek permission to enter it and even refers to William The Conqueror as William 1 because he never actually conquered the City.

Originally built in the 1400s and substantially rebuilt following the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz in 1940, there is still plenty of medieval architecture to see and even parts of the Roman Amphitheatre remain on shown in the basement.

Guildhall's many rooms are decorated with emblems of the 100 or so Guilds(trades) practised in the City (The Mercers are the most famous) as are the stainedglass windows together with details of the 700 or so Lord Mayors of the City of London since 1189 (as distinct from the separately governed boroughs of London now led by London Mayor Boris Johnson in City Hall).

The Lord Mayor is elected for only one year and there has only been one female Lord Mayor, in 1983.

There are plenty of memorial statutes on display and tributes to many of those who have made London great.

I particularly enjoyed the extensive display of paintings of memorable events in the City's past.

Guildhall is divided up into several different halls but the Great Hall is where the Court of Common Council meet to decide City of London policy and these meetings are open to the public.

Entry to all this is completely free and I believe on Fridays a free guided tour is also available.

So if like Samuel Johnson you are never tired of London, then like me you will just love a visit to Guildhall.

Visited May 2013
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