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London County Hall London

London County Hall, London - The Home of Witness for the Prosecution

About the London County Hall

London County Hall was built in 1911 by the architect Ralph Knott and served as the headquarters of the Greater London Council for 64 years. Knott designed the six-storey building in a spectacular Edwardian Boroque style and construction took 11 years, largely due to disruption during the First World War, in which Knott designed several Royal Air Force bases.

The building was officially opened in 1922 by King George V, with further construction of the building continuing into the 1930s. Air raid damage occurred throughout the Second World War, resulting in further construction work continuing until 1956. London County Hall was the home of the Greater London Council until 1986, when the government abolished the council.

After the GLC left London County Hall, it remained largely unused until the mid-1990s, when plans were put in place for London County Hall to be converted to an entertainment and residential complex, with a mixture of attractions, restaurants and hotels. London County Hall is now home to the Sea Life London Aquarium, Shrek's Adventure and the London Dungeon.

The former council chamber is used for a site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, which opened to rave reviews in 2017. Much like Christie's other play, The Mousetrap, this atmospheric show has been a big hit, and the authentic surrounds of County Hall make Witness for the Prosecution tickets a unique option for theatregoers in the capital.

Map and Address

London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB

London County Hall is located on the iconic Southbank, close to major attractions including the Houses of Parliament across the River Thames and the London Eye. The entrance to the courtroom chambers is located at the rear of the building on Belvedere Road.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the box office at London County Hall open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office opens from 12pm on Monday - Sunday. Tickets are held for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.

What time does London County Hall open for a show?

The venue opens approximately one hour before the show starts and you will be allowed to enter the auditorium and find your seats at least half an hour before the performance is due to begin.

What food and drink is available at London County Hall?

There are several bars serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as snacks and ice creams. The venue has partnered with Tarquin's Gin for its cocktails and ice cream is provided by Marshfield Farms.

Does London County Hall have a cloakroom?

No, there are no cloakroom facilities at this venue. Ticketholders are encouraged not to bring luggage with them for security reasons as there is no storage on site. If you have large items of luggage with you, you can use luggage storage company Stasher, which has sites across London, including at the Premier Inn next to the venue.

Is London County Hall air-conditioned?

Yes, the venue is air-conditioned and may be a little cool in the summer months. It is always best to bring a light jacket or cardigan to ensure you are comfortable during the performance.

Where should I eat near London County Hall?

The venue is located just behind the iconic Southbank, which has a wide variety of food establishments, from high-end restaurants to the hottest new street food stalls. Try Locale Southbank, located just across the road from the theatre, for some delicious, seasonal Italian cuisine. Alternatively, if you're attending a performance on Thursday-Sunday, take a stroll to the Southbank Centre Food Market, to sample a global menu of street food.

What is the best hotel to stay at near London County Hall?

The adjacent Premier Inn County Hall is a great choice for those looking for a convenient stay in the heart of London on a budget. Alternatively, the 4-star Park Plaza County Hall hotel has upmarket rooms and is less than a five minute walk from the venue.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office team can be contacted directly by emailing customers@kxtickets.com.
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