City Hall

Notable Building in The South Bank

Home to the Mayor of London, bulbous City Hall was designed by Foster + Partners and opened in 2002. The 45m-high glass-clad building has been compared to a host of objects, from an onion to Darth Vader’s helmet, a woodlouse and a ‘glass gonad’. The scoop amphitheatre outside the building is the venue for a variety of free entertainment in warmer weather, from music to theatre. Parts of the building are open to the public on weekdays.

Visitors can access the reception hall, the cafe on the ground floor and, more excitingly, sit in the Chamber if a debate is taking place. Corridors have nice views through the glass.