City Hall

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City Hall
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City Hall is Foster and Partners' offices for the Mayor and the London Assembly. Meetings of the Mayor's Advisory Cabinet and the London Assembly and its Committees, including the monthly Mayor's Question Time, are open to the public. They are normally held either in the Assembly Chamber on the second floor (which has seating for 250 visitors) or in one of the meeting rooms on the lower ground floor. During the week you can visit the exhibition space on the second floor, from which you can see the Chamber and the ground floor, and you can walk down the spiral ramp to the lower ground floor with its exhibition space, public information desk and cafeteria. On selected weekend dates there are opportunities to visit the areas of City Hall not normally open during the week, including London's Living Room on the ninth floor, which has spectacular views, and the Assembly Chamber.

Parts of City Hall will be open on Saturday September 20, 9am-6pm with last entry at 5.30pm, for Open House London. Families feeling inspired by London's architecture can take part in City of a Thousand Architects activity sessions (11am-3pm) and build their own creations from cardboard, paper, bubble wrap, egg cups and straws.


Venue name: City Hall
Address: The Queen's Walk
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 8.30am-6.30pm, Fri 8.30am-5.30pm
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
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A novel building (what a surprise Mr Foster) that's actually slowing starting to look slightly out of place in it's ever expanding surroundings. The experience is well put together, particularly for a free attraction in central London. If you can get to the Living Room on the top floor, the near 360 degree balcony soaks up some wonderful views although you might feel a bit small given the height of the buildings surrounding it. 

A vital part of London that is well worth a visit but probably best to do when in the area rather than making a special trip for it. 


Have wanted to visit here for a long time. They have changed the opening hours and I feel it's now a lot more accessible. Popped along before work one Friday morning and it was a great way to start the day! It's quite fun to take the lift to the top then slowly make your way down the spiral slope from top to bottom overlooking the Thames until you hit the aerial shot of the whole of London mapped across the lower/ground floor. Wonderful! The olympic and paralympic torches and medals are on display and the cafe does a cracking bacon and hash brown sandwich. Finish off your visit with a stroll across Tower Bridge and that's the nucleus of London done in 20 minutes! 

Absolutely must visit during the open house when you are allowed inside. You can go to the very top of this dome shaped building and there's a spiral stairs from the top to the bottom which you will love.