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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 now used for a site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, which opened to rave reviews in 2017.

Plan your visit

London County Hall opens approximately one hour before the show starts. The box office opens from 12pm on Monday-Sunday.
There is no specific dress code for a performance at London County Hall. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
No, there are no cloakroom facilities at London County Hall. 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.
Security staff will undertake a bag and ticket search as you enter the venue. Make sure you arrive at least half an hour before the performance to avoid excessive queues.
There are several bars at London County Hall, 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.
London County Hall 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.
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.
London County Hall was built in 1911 and served as the headquarters of the Greater London Council for 64 years. The government abolished the GLC in 1986 and the building spent several decades under new ownership and unoccupied. In the late 2000s, the building started to be the home of several major London tourist attractions, including the Sea Life Centre, Shrek's Adventure and the London Dungeon. The now-defunct council chamber has been used for the site-specific hit production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution since it premiered in 2017.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office 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.
The box office at London County Hall opens from 12pm on Monday-Sunday.
The box office team at London County Hall can be contacted directly by emailing customers@kxtickets.com.
When buying online, you should look out for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure. STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. You can check to see if a company is on their ticket seller database to ensure they are conforming to STAR practices.
London County Hall has a wide range of function rooms and suites that can be used to host corporate events and private functions with a maximum capacity of 400 guests. For more information and pricing details, email countyhall@etcvenues.com.
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