London County Hall
London County Hall seating plan
The London County Hall has a capacity of 355 seats, including 0 seats in the Courtroom Stalls, 43 seats in the North Gallery, 0 seats in the Central Gallery and 43 seats in the South Gallery. Use our interactive seating plan to view 2 seat reviews and 2 photos of views from seat.
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 to the North and South sides of the building continuing into the 1930s. Air raid damage occurred throughout the Second World War, which resulted 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. The building became prominent in the 1980s when the Labour-led GLC clashed with the Conservative government, lead by Margaret Thatcher. Posters and banners regularly adorned the building, which faces the Houses of Parliament across the River Thames.
After the GLC left London County Hall, it remained largely unused until the mid-1990s, when a Japanese developer purchased the central section of the complex and a British developer took ownership of the North and South sides. 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.
The octagonal-shaped council chamber has a capacity of over 350 and is split over two levels; the Courtroom Stalls, which also includes VIP seating in the Jury Box and a Judge's Circle, and a three-sided gallery.
Good value seats
The gallery offers the best option for good value seats, however many of these seats come with some obstruction to the stage. Sitting further back in the central gallery gives you a clear view of the action at a good price. Some seats at the ends of both the North and South galleries are very cheap and you'll only miss a quarter of the stage, compared to half of the stage in some of the other restricted view seats.
The best seats in the house are between rows C and E in the Courtroom Stalls, you'll feel totally immersed in the action from these seats. For the best view from these seats, opt for those as centrally as possible. For a truly unique experience, book one of the 12 VIP jury box seats, here you'll watch the play unfold in front of your eyes and enjoy complimentary refreshments.