Government Buildings in London

Government Buildings in London, England

Government Buildings in London

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  • Natalie922
    London, UK191 contributions
    Leave lots of time so you can experience everything. It's great to be able to see inside and learn about history.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Joel
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands442 contributions
    A look into legal London, you can watch on-going cases, or walk around this majestic building. I think this is such a stunning building and combined with the authenticity of seeing cases in action, it makes this a very exciting and fascinating place to visit.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Kay R
    Bedfordshire, UK2 contributions
    We were advised that there could be long queues so we caught a 6am train, stopped at Russell Square to store our electronics in a locker at 7.15 and arrived at the old bailey at 8am. The security guard on duty had a list of what's on in each court. He advised us to get some breakfast and return for 10am. The public entrance is via a tunnel with lighter stone archway. Thankfully the security guard showed us where this is.

    We arrived back to the public entrance at 9.30. Shortly before 10 a few guards check the queue to ensure no one has any contravened items. Basically do not attempt to take in anything with blue tooth enabling. This includes earpods. The chap in front of us was rejected for wearing a smart watch.

    Its wise to get prepared before you climb the first set of stars to the security check, removed belts, watches anything with metal. These get passed for separate checks.

    Once through security you can replace these items. There are more steps. Each floor has approximately 4 courts. The staff there will inform what is on in which Court. If there isn't room you will have to wait outside in the stair well waiting for the opportunity to go in.

    When you are permitted into the public gallery there are clear rules, no whispering, no pointing, just observe.

    The objective was for my daughter to experience seeing a trial in action as she has applied to study law at University this year. School trips to the old bailey were cancelled due to covid. She gained a lot from the experience.

    You can move from court to court, they prefer you to sit for at least 30 minutes. Always move from and to the courts in silence and do not discuss any case in the corridors of the court house.

    After lunch, the door reopens at 2pm. Be in the queue for this at 1.30 - 1.45pm.
    Written 23 April 2022
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  • Sharon L
    Plymouth, UK53 contributions
    We were just passing the court and were invited in to look around by one of the guides! We had no idea that such a place would be open to visitors to look around! There is opportunity to take photos and to sit in the judges seats etc. There are 3 very different courts all having different uses and guides in each one to explain how things work there, what kind of cases are heard and what the symbols on the decoration of the courtrooms mean. Well worth a visit!
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Supersupergirl
    England, UK8,675 contributions
    City Hall is a great place to visit.
    The building has an interesting yet striking structure.
    Inside, the architecture is quite nice but to go in you have to go past security but once you are in you're ok.
    Ended up having lunch there as well.
    Written 23 September 2020
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  • FTMDave
    Adria, Italy5,770 contributions
    Absolutely gorgeous gothic building right on the River Thames. As everyone knows it is the country's parliament.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Wine Diva
    Sumner, WA18 contributions
    Went into the Gallery and saw a small exhibit of Canadian artists. If you have time go and see it. Its a wuick visit to some very important works of art.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • bigmalaka
    Raleigh NC54 contributions
    We went in Sept. 2019 for the Queen's Ball, the reception was held at the Lancaster House. What a beautiful place to have such an event. With the beautiful pieces of art, the tables decorated with flowers such a nice evening. The service was great.
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,123 contributions
    Interesting structure on the banks of the Thames and right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Roof and chimneys are interesting.
    Written 25 August 2021
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  • BigHugh51
    Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
    After a to visit Horse Guards Parade and a quick perusal of the area adjacent to the parade ground, we headed along Horse Guards Road towards Birdcage Walk.
    At the intersection of Horse Guards Road with Birdcage Walk, we passed by the very large and impressive H.M. Treasury building. We had viewed this building during previous stays in London and we knew that it is not normally open to the public. As this time, we were there on a Saturday, the building was closed for the weekend and consequently we again, simply had to make do with viewing the fine exterior architecture of this very large and important government building, from the street.
    This building is certainly worthy of your attention should you find yourself passing by!
    Written 11 December 2019
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  • sheepygold
    london5,030 contributions
    There are not many buildings in this part of London which are as unique looking as this place. The coloured glass at the top change the look of the building depending on the light conditions.
    Written 14 February 2018
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  • Malarchy
    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
    Greenwich Town Hall is the council seat for the Borough of Greenwich and an historic building in Woolwich not far from the old Arsenal. It is a fabulous turn of the 20th century structure with absolutely stunning interior decor and a really impressive municipal location. This is a standout local government location and a special one for key events.

    Greenwich Town Hall was originally the town hall for Woolwich dating from around 1905. It is remarkable that at the time Deptford turned down the design which is clearly much to Woolwich's gain for the otherwise unremarkable Wellington Street. The location is pretty close to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal as well as the snippets of history and market of that area. The Woolwich Ferry and Foot Tunnel are also nearby.

    The history of this place is on display with a few glass-protected exhibits showcasing some of the military traditions from the area. A brief exposition of the history is a nice touch. Clearly the Town Hall is not a museum but it does at least bear reference and homage to the military importance of this parish long ago.

    From the outside the building has the air of grandeur. The imposing frontage includes an entrance requiring passage past a couple of columns and into an exceptional main section. An alternative entrance with a lift is accessible but nowhere near as nice.

    Inside it is just spectacular. The ceiling is absolutely gorgeous. The soft pink might not seem the most sensible of colours but it absolutely works perfectly when set off against the angles and complementary shades. It is a setting that when looking up is just so beautiful. The upper level is also a decent vantage point to view the ceiling from a little bit closer.

    To get to the upper level the main stair case is the route. It is of course a grand staircase with the right kind of banisters. Still, what makes it work well is the statue of Queen Victoria who of course had passed just a couple of years before work commenced on this building.

    For special events, the Elizabethan Room has the right kind of simplicity and space to work for lifelong memories. It is not as elaborate as the main space but the economy of design means it is more of a place for focus on people.

    Greenwich Town Hall is a lovely and memorable place. It has an imposing frontage with the clock tower, brickwork, and design that speaks to the grandeur within. Inside it is just spectacular considering it is is a municipal building. A wonderful place with a touch of something special.
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • Animal-1984
    Crayford, UK1 contribution
    Rude security on the door, they pull everything out of your bag and don’t put it back...you’ll be made to open any bottles of liquid and drink some in front of them. They squashed my corned beef sandwich beyond recognition. The canteen at the time I’m writing this is closed with no explanation/reason why given, so no hot drinks or food and the vending machines are out of order..No facilities to heat up any food either. Lockers cost £1 and they don’t tell you this until you arrive. Expect a huge delay while waiting for a trial currently been waiting 15 hours over 2 days... no tv or radio, no WiFi, The place needs modernising. You’re forced to come as a duty to your country so they should supply the necessary facilities.
    Written 12 September 2018
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK156,914 contributions
    This amazing looking building is the old Admiralty Building, but now repurposed as government offices. This iconic Neoclassical building faces the Horse Guards Parade and has been used by as a home by British Ministers and Prime Ministers. Sadly, as a highly secured building, the beautiful exteriors are all that the public will ever see. Can't miss this building if you're in Horse Guards Parade.
    Written 29 October 2021
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