The City Hall is located on the south bank of the Thames. This distinctive glass globe is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA. It expresses the transparency and accessibility of the democratic process and demonstrates the potential for a sustainable, virtually non-polluting public building.
The building has no front or back: its shape is derived from a geometrically modified sphere. This hybrid form is designed to minimise the surface area exposed to direct sunlight. The design incorporates a number of features designed to make the building as green as possible. Robert Townshend designed the surrounding public space. City Hall usually takes part in London Open House, on the third weekend in September each year. Check www.londonopenhouse.org for details.
Members of the public may visit parts of City Hall Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. To visit as much of the interior as possible, including the ramp down to the debating chamber, look out for opportunities in London's annual late-September 'open house' weekend (www.londonopenhouse.org).
How to get there?
Underground and rail stations:
London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines and mainline station), Tower Hill (Circle and District lines), Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway). Buses: 42, 47, 78, 381, RV1. River services: to London Bridge City Pier, also Tower Millennium Pier and St Katharine's Pier - see Transport for London - river services.
Bicycle: bicycle racks are available at City Hall, on the south side of the building by Potters Fields Park.