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London Marriott Hotel County Hall

London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road · London, SE1 7PB United Kingdom


Explore England from one of London's most iconic and uniquely refurbished landmarks! The vaulted ceilings and wood-panelled chambers of our historic building have been transformed from government offices to luxury hotel accommodations reminiscent of the city's notable past.


The History of the Building

Planning and Construction

Recognizing the need for more space to office the large workforce required to house the London County Council, a site was secured along the River Thames for construction of County Hall. Excavation began in 1909, uncovering oak timbers of a tiered first century Roman ship, most of which is now on display at the Museum of London. After this delay, the first foundation stone was laid in 1912 by King George V and Queen Mary, with work to be delayed again by World War I. Not until 1922 was construction completed and County Hall officially opened.

Conflict and Conversion to Hotel

During the 1980s the then powerful GLC, led by Ken Livingstone, was locked in conflict with the British Government. With Parliament buildings located just across the river from County Hall, the fascia of County Hall frequently served as a billboard for anti-government slogans. The government of Margaret Thatcher abolished the GLC in 1986 and County Hall lost its role as the seat of London's governance. County Hall was transferred to the London Residuary Body and stood empty until 1992, when it was sold to private investors. The building is currently owned by Shirayama Shokusan Ltd., a Japanese company, and the luxury London Marriott Hotel County Hall opened for business on 6th July 1998.

Historical Facts

  • The building's architecture was a design by 29-year-old Architect Ralph Knott that bested 50 other entries in a ‘Design County Hall' contest.
  • The building is constructed of Portland Stone from the Isle of Wight. The foundation is composed of Cornish granite.
  • The building is six stories tall and has seven miles of corridors.
  • Total cost of construction was nearly £4 million.
  • Before its completion in 1922, the building was damaged by six bombs during the First World War.
  • Ralph Knott died in 1929; four years before the entire complex of seven buildings was completed.

Local Area

London County Council

London was governed for 64 years by the London County Council (LCC) and its successor the Greater London Council (GLC), which at its height had more than 4,700 employees. The LCC was established in 1889 consisting of elected members representing London's inner and outer Boroughs to control public services such as education, roads, city planning and council housing. Its offices were originally located near St. James's Park.

Local Area

The location of our historic hotel on the Southbank blends the grandeur of London's sometimes conflicted past with the excitement of modern entertainment and celebrated attractions. Surrounded by Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, SEA LIFE Aquarium, galleries, museums, theatres and restaurants, there are plenty of things to do in this vibrant area.

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