City Hall
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Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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  • Royal Victoria • 4 min walk
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Never thought about visiting this place until I saw it on Trip Advisor. We visited mid-week and although there was not a council meeting on (can view from public gallery) we walked up the attractive circular ramp to the WW1 display area and memorial at the top. We then headed to the cafe at the bottom for a nice salad in a box at a reasonable price. Their website explains further about this building.
Written March 15, 2020
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Supersupergirl
England, UK8,468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
City Hall is a great place to visit.
The building has an interesting yet striking structure.
Inside, the architecture is quite nice but to go in you have to go past security but once you are in you're ok.
Ended up having lunch there as well.
Written September 23, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
City Hall is certainly one of the most oddly shaped and unusual buildings anywhere! It is right on the banks of the Thames, near the Tower Bridge and other well known and equally odd buildings! It was opened in 2002 and is home to the Greater London Authority, which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It also contains other facilities, like conference rooms and so on. There is a huge circular stairway in the middle going right up to the top floor! Really weird, but interesting! Due to its unusual shape the building has attracted a lot of criticism and a number of nicknames, such "glass testicle", "glass gonad", "onion", and others. It's free to enter so it's worth a quick look if you are in the vicinity.
Written December 12, 2018
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
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.

City Hall is next to Potters Fields Park, the only riverside park in Central London. Parts of the building are open to the public and there is free Wi-Fi. The reception floor with its outside balcony has good views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Gherkin and the Shard.

Everyone visiting City Hall must pass through security at the entrance to the building. This includes going through a metal detector and having all bags scanned.

There is a café on the lower ground floor for the people who work there which members of the public can also use during office hours. The food on offer reminded me of school dinners but the prices seemed very reasonable for the area.
Written April 4, 2017
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,042 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Cool, bulbous building overlooking the London Tower Bridge and other sites. Perfectly situated on the River Thames.
Written September 1, 2019
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Badgerbag
London, UK101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
This building always appeared to be about to topple over to me but I guess that was Boris in his office making it lean that way. Passing the other day I noticed that it was more upright than before, probably because there's a new mayor in the seat of power now. Boris having moved on to higher but more risky things over the river. Seriously though, this is an interesting piece of architecture set right alongside Tower Bridge on the South Bank of the river and it doesn't seem out of place there like so much of the modernist styles that litter the city. Worth a stroll past. People sit on the steps of a built in outdoor amphitheatre on clement days and eat their lunch there.
Written August 20, 2016
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Vanessacalling
London, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
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 to witness others doing the same once I was inside. But the maze of ascending and descending spirals, fashioned in metres and metres of glass were impactful.

As sun set on the event and we mingled in the corridors beside our event space overlooking the Thames, the picturesque advantage of all that glass came into full effect as the City skyline snuggled beside the historic Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Go just for that nighttime view, even if for nothing else - for us even the moon came out to play....
Written April 11, 2017
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MATT_SWK
Lancaster, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
City Hall has to be my favourite modern looking building in London. Id recommend if in London to check it out.
Written July 4, 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
One of the intriguing things to see along the Queen's Walk is the egg (or onion) shaped building which presently serves as the City Hall.

This was the first of a series of contemporary shaped buildings, which now occupy the London skyline in this area of the city. Before the 30 St Mary Axe (Gherkin), Shard and other present developments arrived, this was the quirkiest building in the area.

Ten years ago, I thought this building stuck out like a sore thumb against the more traditional skyline. Now, it is one of a number of innovative properties that can be seen in the area and seems right at home.

Just next to the City Hall, you can find the More London building, which has a series of peculiar statues of an oversized Chinese female trying a variety of sports spread around in the public space area next to the building.

You can also find a small, sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, where performances can regularly be seen and heard during the warmer months of the year.

Nice views of the City Hall building can be found from Towers Bridge if you plan to cross the Thames here.
Written June 8, 2014
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wingate
London, UK2,681 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Well thats an unwelcome first.A realy strange building.I went there for the first time to visit the exhibitions on the Phoexnix east Finchley(3 panels)and the Blitz(13panels).I was vastly underwhelmed.Really not worth the effort i made .Journey time of over 2hours,time spent about 30minutes.
Written September 9, 2010
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