City Hall

City Hall, London

Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • London Bridge • 7 min walk
  • Tower Hill • 8 min walk
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Clive B
Dartford, UK1,336 contributions
Better exterior than interior, just make sure you keep your bags with you at all times
May 2021
Parts of London City Hall are open to the public Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 6pm, and on Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. On entry you need to go through security first, with a bag search and metal detector, but once in you are free to roam, there isn't that much to see apart from the building itself and you can visit the Cafe on the lower ground floor. You can however enjoy free W-Fi during your visit by logging on to City Hall Wi-Fi and using 'GLA Guest'. London's Living Room, located on the 9th floor is only open to the public one weekend a year through the Open House London festival, booking in advance is required. If you don't need wifi and the weather is good, the steps outside make for the perfect picnic spot, just stay with your bags unless you want to create a security alert.
Written 6 June 2021
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Supersupergirl
England, UK8,426 contributions
Memorable visit
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 23 September 2020
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desito07
Portsmouth, UK1,469 contributions
Interesting design
Aug 2020 • Couples
We passed around this building and took a picture as part of our journey in Harry Potter’s filming locations....green surroundings where you can relax in a good weather!
Written 27 August 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,969 contributions
A sculptural object on a quiet Sunday morning
Jun 2020 • Solo
The building looked more beautiful on a quiet and grey Sunday morning when there was no activity and no people to clutter up its sculptural shape and you could see it as a free-standing object alongside the stone sculptures in front and the silhouette of the Tower of London at the back.
Written 8 June 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia7,950 contributions
Great design
Mar 2020 • Friends
Different to anything else around, reminds me of a beehive, seen from a few different perspectives but didn't go into it.
Written 16 March 2020
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK377 contributions
Free and well designed
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 15 March 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,969 contributions
A transparent glass building for City Hall
Jan 2020
The building has various nicknames, some less complimentary than others, including comparison to a headlight, a fencing mask, an onion and a snail, its curving shape said to maintain views across to St Paul's Cathedral.

City Hall does create a welcome sculptural element in the landscape of this part of the river, away from the commercial developments that surround it and the adjacent spaces are used for events and exhibitions, currently a fascinating photographic exhibition of Sixteen-year olds from all across the UK on their concerns, aspirations and their lives. The top floor has a function space called 'London's Living Room' which can be reached up the central spiral staircase and provides great views out across the river, but it is obviously only generally accessible if you are invited to a function there.

The building was designed by Norman Foster as a response to the politics of the time which sought to create a London government that was smaller, more efficient, and more transparent than its predecessor, with a futuristic looking building, opened in 2002. A great aspiration, though over the years, the London government has inevitable become larger and so taken space in other buildings.
Written 10 February 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel29,425 contributions
A beautiful building.
Dec 2019
This oddly-shaped building has long been a symbol of modern London.
Located next to Tower bridge, it's well worth a short visit to appreciate the building's unique architecture, either from outside or from within.
Written 27 January 2020
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,528 contributions
Very weird shape
Nov 2019 • Solo
Interesting shape to the building and the internal staircase looks like it’s slanted. Nice piece of architecture!
Written 7 November 2019
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Aiga G
London, UK31 contributions
Great staircase
Sep 2019
Visited during Open Doors weekend, so could go to the 9th floor for great views of the river and city, and climb the spiral staircase, which was unique.The LG floor has a huge map of London on the floor so it was interesting to find my house.
Written 22 October 2019
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City Hall is open:
  • Mon - Thu 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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