Location – Greater London Authority City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) which consists of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge. It opened in 2002 and was designed by the world-famous architect Norman Foster.
The striking helical walkway inside City Hall
The Greater London Authority is the latest reincarnation of a London Authority replacing the Greater London Council and the London County Council which had been based at County Hall further along the South Bank near the London Eye.
Costing around £43 million to build, the building has divided opinion and has been called a variety of names since it has open.
Although a base for a small army of administrative staff and used for the various assembly meetings, the building is open to visitors who can visit the various exhibitions or to use café.
However be aware visitors to City Hall must pass through security at the entrance to the building. This includes going through a metal detector and having all bags scanned.
You can visit parts of City Hall on Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30am to 6pm and on Fridays from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
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