London City Hall

On the banks of the River Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, is the futuristic building of the City Hall, headquarters of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

The Building

Opening in 2002, this distinctive building has an oval shape, giving it an almost futuristic appearance. It was designed by Norman Foster, architect of other unusual buildings such as the Reichstag (Berlin Parliament).

Standing 150 feet (45 meters) tall, it has ten floors. The extravagant glass building is purposely egg-shaped to improve energy efficiency and it saves energy thanks to the computer’s heat recycling system and having replaced air-conditioning for small windows in all the building.  

Visiting City Hall

A small part of City Hall is open to the public on weekdays, and occasionally it is possible to go to the rooftop terrace to enjoy London’s splendid views.

We personally don’t recommend visiting this building, as you’ll only generally be allowed to visit a very small part of it.


Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am to 6 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm


Free entrance


Tube: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee line)

Nearby places

Tower Bridge (239 m) HMS Belfast (243 m) Tower of London (364 m) The Shard (545 m) The Old Operating Theatre (629 m)