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London City Hall

Engage with London’s politics in this innovative building that is shaped like a slanted egg made almost entirely of glass.

City Hall is a modern structure that houses the Mayor of London and many of the staff who work for the Greater London Authority. The building has an innovative design that resembles a leaning egg. Political debates at the hall are often open to the public. There are also temporary exhibits and events in the building relating to the theme of London. 

City Hall was built in 2002. Marvel at the site’s intriguing shape. The egg-like structure is made mostly from glass and appears to lean to the side at the top. A former mayor referred to it as a “glass testicle.” The glass surface is said to indicate transparency in London’s politics.

Climb the 1,640-foot (500-meter) spiral staircase that winds up around the inside of the building to its ceiling. Admire the panoramic vista of London from the viewing deck on the top floor, which is 10-stories high. The room next to the viewing area is known as London’s Living Room. It often hosts exhibitions of art on the theme of England’s capital city.   

Take a break at one of the cafés and restaurants next to the building. There is a large green space called Potters Field Park where sunbathers enjoy the tranquil environment by the river in the warmer months. Bring your own picnic and watch street performers on the grass. Relax with a beer in the evening and watch the sky turn red over the River Thames. Gaze up at The Shard, the tallest building in the United Kingdom, which is near City Hall.

London’s City Hall is open during the week from morning until early in the evening. The exhibitions are always free. There is also free Wi-Fi available. 

City Hall is situated on the south bank of the River Thames in the Southwark region of London. Buses will take you to a stop right outside the building. It is a 10-minute walk from the nearest London Underground station, London Bridge. 


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