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County Hall

County Hall (62)

The easily-recognisable concave central building that makes up the centre of this complex began to built in 1911 and was finished in 1922, the year in which it was opened by King George V. This structure with 6 floors was designed by Ralph Knott, who was inspired by what is called Edwardian Baroque. The later annexes were added up until 1974. 

Located next to Westminster Bridge, for 64 years it was the headquarters of the Greater London Council, the elected body that ran London until 1986, when it was abolished by Margaret Thatcher. Given its closeness to Parliament, on the other side of the river, for years it displayed banners with anti-government slogans.

After a few years of semi-abandonment, it currently houses one of the most impressive leisure centres in the city. If you want to have a fun day out, it would be hard for anywhere else to offer such a wide and complete variety of entertainment as County Hall.

Start with the London Aquarium, where the keepers feed ray fish and sharks by hand, and when you finish visiting it you can go to the Namco Station, the perfect spot for battling it out with some video games. Culture also has its place, and County Hall is the home of the Dalí Universe permanent exhibition, which has a show of more than 500 canvases of the great master of Surrealism.

The day ends visiting one of the incredible temporary exhibitions that are held and eating something in one of the many cafés and restaurants round. Hamburger, noodles, Japanese cuisine... you choose!

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