the buildings of the South Bank, the monumental County Hall
is the former headquarters of the Greater London Council,
Designed by Ralph Knott prior
to World War I, County Hall opened in 1922 but was not completed
After the abolition of the GLC
in 1986 the building was acquired by a Japanese corporation
and has been let out to various enterprises. These include
two hotels, Namco Station, a two-floor arcade-game centre,
Dalí Universe and the London
In 1972 the film director Alfred
Hitchcock used the imposing facade of County Hall as the backdrop
for the opening scene of his controversial film, 'Frenzy'.
From County Hall there are wonderful
views across the Thames to Westminster and the Houses
Eye, which stands beside County Hall, provides
panoramic views over the entire capital.