Government Buildings in London

Government Buildings in London, England

Government Buildings in London

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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,904 contributions
    The Houses of Parliament always look amazing but I have always felt that at night time they are at their best. Big Ben towering above!
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • mike d
    Fareham, UK842 contributions
    Now squeezed into the long stretch of ornate buildings on the North side of Fleet street, the Courts would be easy to miss if it were not for the constant grouping of protesters in the road outside. Now guarded by City of London police, this embodiment of common law still possesses a grand aura and display of our freedoms. Long may it do so for our sovereign country laws.
    Quite often you can get a good view from the top deck of the number 15 bus.
    Written October 30, 2021
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  • Kay R
    2 contributions
    We were advised that there could be long queues so we caught a 6am train, stopped at Russell Square to store our electronics in a locker at 7.15 and arrived at the old bailey at 8am. The security guard on duty had a list of what's on in each court. He advised us to get some breakfast and return for 10am. The public entrance is via a tunnel with lighter stone archway. Thankfully the security guard showed us where this is.

    We arrived back to the public entrance at 9.30. Shortly before 10 a few guards check the queue to ensure no one has any contravened items. Basically do not attempt to take in anything with blue tooth enabling. This includes earpods. The chap in front of us was rejected for wearing a smart watch.

    Its wise to get prepared before you climb the first set of stars to the security check, removed belts, watches anything with metal. These get passed for separate checks.

    Once through security you can replace these items. There are more steps. Each floor has approximately 4 courts. The staff there will inform what is on in which Court. If there isn't room you will have to wait outside in the stair well waiting for the opportunity to go in.

    When you are permitted into the public gallery there are clear rules, no whispering, no pointing, just observe.

    The objective was for my daughter to experience seeing a trial in action as she has applied to study law at University this year. School trips to the old bailey were cancelled due to covid. She gained a lot from the experience.

    You can move from court to court, they prefer you to sit for at least 30 minutes. Always move from and to the courts in silence and do not discuss any case in the corridors of the court house.

    After lunch, the door reopens at 2pm. Be in the queue for this at 1.30 - 1.45pm.
    Written April 23, 2022
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  • HerneBayCharley
    herne bay109 contributions
    We were just passing, had half an hour to spare and saw it was free so went in. What a treat it is. 3 courtrooms, each completely different. Very helpful guides who explained how the courts worked and answered all our questions. You can actually sit in the seats where the judges sit when it is not in session which was the case during our visit. When in session, you can sit in the public areas and listen to the proceedings. There is a small interactive information area in the basement and the cafe was empty so much better than the crowds we had left at the National Gallery. My husband had a small penknife in his bag which was taken at security but they give you a ticket and you reclaim any confiscated items on your way out.
    Written April 1, 2022
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  • Supersupergirl
    England, UK8,675 contributions
    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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  • SporeArduino
    Singapore, Singapore323 contributions
    Discover the history and majesty of Westminster Palace with statues of historical figures, gothic landmarks such as Westminister Abbey and the open air park that is filled with people soaking in the emotions of being in a location steeped with tradition. And yes, Big Ben is there, though it's under renovation.
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • Wine Diva
    Sumner, WA18 contributions
    Went into the Gallery and saw a small exhibit of Canadian artists. If you have time go and see it. Its a wuick visit to some very important works of art.
    Written November 5, 2019
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  • bigmalaka
    Raleigh NC54 contributions
    We went in Sept. 2019 for the Queen's Ball, the reception was held at the Lancaster House. What a beautiful place to have such an event. With the beautiful pieces of art, the tables decorated with flowers such a nice evening. The service was great.
    Written December 21, 2021
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,904 contributions
    Interesting structure on the banks of the Thames and right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Roof and chimneys are interesting.
    Written August 25, 2021
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  • BigHugh51
    Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
    After a to visit Horse Guards Parade and a quick perusal of the area adjacent to the parade ground, we headed along Horse Guards Road towards Birdcage Walk.
    At the intersection of Horse Guards Road with Birdcage Walk, we passed by the very large and impressive H.M. Treasury building. We had viewed this building during previous stays in London and we knew that it is not normally open to the public. As this time, we were there on a Saturday, the building was closed for the weekend and consequently we again, simply had to make do with viewing the fine exterior architecture of this very large and important government building, from the street.
    This building is certainly worthy of your attention should you find yourself passing by!
    Written December 11, 2019
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  • sheepygold
    london4,948 contributions
    There are not many buildings in this part of London which are as unique looking as this place. The coloured glass at the top change the look of the building depending on the light conditions.
    Written February 14, 2018
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  • Malarchy
    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
    Greenwich Town Hall is the council seat for the Borough of Greenwich and an historic building in Woolwich not far from the old Arsenal. It is a fabulous turn of the 20th century structure with absolutely stunning interior decor and a really impressive municipal location. This is a standout local government location and a special one for key events.

    Greenwich Town Hall was originally the town hall for Woolwich dating from around 1905. It is remarkable that at the time Deptford turned down the design which is clearly much to Woolwich's gain for the otherwise unremarkable Wellington Street. The location is pretty close to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal as well as the snippets of history and market of that area. The Woolwich Ferry and Foot Tunnel are also nearby.

    The history of this place is on display with a few glass-protected exhibits showcasing some of the military traditions from the area. A brief exposition of the history is a nice touch. Clearly the Town Hall is not a museum but it does at least bear reference and homage to the military importance of this parish long ago.

    From the outside the building has the air of grandeur. The imposing frontage includes an entrance requiring passage past a couple of columns and into an exceptional main section. An alternative entrance with a lift is accessible but nowhere near as nice.

    Inside it is just spectacular. The ceiling is absolutely gorgeous. The soft pink might not seem the most sensible of colours but it absolutely works perfectly when set off against the angles and complementary shades. It is a setting that when looking up is just so beautiful. The upper level is also a decent vantage point to view the ceiling from a little bit closer.

    To get to the upper level the main stair case is the route. It is of course a grand staircase with the right kind of banisters. Still, what makes it work well is the statue of Queen Victoria who of course had passed just a couple of years before work commenced on this building.

    For special events, the Elizabethan Room has the right kind of simplicity and space to work for lifelong memories. It is not as elaborate as the main space but the economy of design means it is more of a place for focus on people.

    Greenwich Town Hall is a lovely and memorable place. It has an imposing frontage with the clock tower, brickwork, and design that speaks to the grandeur within. Inside it is just spectacular considering it is is a municipal building. A wonderful place with a touch of something special.
    Written December 27, 2019
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  • Animal-1984
    Crayford, UK1 contribution
    Rude security on the door, they pull everything out of your bag and don’t put it back...you’ll be made to open any bottles of liquid and drink some in front of them. They squashed my corned beef sandwich beyond recognition. The canteen at the time I’m writing this is closed with no explanation/reason why given, so no hot drinks or food and the vending machines are out of order..No facilities to heat up any food either. Lockers cost £1 and they don’t tell you this until you arrive. Expect a huge delay while waiting for a trial currently been waiting 15 hours over 2 days... no tv or radio, no WiFi, The place needs modernising. You’re forced to come as a duty to your country so they should supply the necessary facilities.
    Written September 12, 2018
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK153,681 contributions
    This amazing looking building is the old Admiralty Building, but now repurposed as government offices. This iconic Neoclassical building faces the Horse Guards Parade and has been used by as a home by British Ministers and Prime Ministers. Sadly, as a highly secured building, the beautiful exteriors are all that the public will ever see. Can't miss this building if you're in Horse Guards Parade.
    Written October 29, 2021
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