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London Marriott Hotel County Hall

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

  • 44 0207 902 8000

The Library at County Hall

  • 44 0207 902 8000


History of The Library

Luxurious, classically elegant – and perfect every day. Take a moment out of a busy schedule, be it work or sightseeing, and enjoy Afternoon Tea in what’s been classed as “one of the most stunning rooms in London.”

History of the Library

Officially opened in 1922 by King George V and Queen Mary, County Hall has had a colourful past. From being struck by a bomb in World War II to the infamous political battles between Ken Livingstone of the Greater London Council and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government during the 1980’s, the County Hall has been steeped in history.

During this time the Library served as the Member’s Library for delegates at the Greater London Council.

The bookcases are made of oak on which the busts of Milton, Shakespeare, Agrippa, Plato and other classical figures sit. The fireplace at the south end of the room has a carving by A.H. Wilkinson (1922) of ‘Truth reading aloud, the second figure recording, with the plumed helmet of Minerva, Goddess of the Arts.’ Behind it was once the librarian’s office with an oak spiral staircase to the gallery.

Experience this first hand and contact us on +44 (0) 207 902 8000 now to make a booking.