Spiral Stairs in City Hall

Inside City Hall

City Hall is an odd building - I'm not sure if I like it or not. The bit above ground seems to consist almost entirely of this spiral staircase. I guess it must go somewhere and presumably Mayor Ken's office is at the very top. The stairs are arranged so that as you climb them you can look down onto the assembly. This must be a statement about open democracy though it's hard to be quite sure what statement is being made. Just in case I am giving the wrong impression here I should mention that I think the reinstatement of devolved London government has been the best thing that has happened to the city in years and is, in my view, in large part responsible for the palpable resurgence in vibrancy and confidence of recent times. If you visit City Hall make sure to get down to the basement where there is superb scale map of the entire city laid out in relief on the floor - well worth seeing. Go to Next Image or Previous Image or LDN 2 Gallery

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