LONDON -- This city hardly lacks for stunning eye-catchers in the
From the London Eye Ferris wheel to Westminster Abbey and the
tower housing Big Ben, the British capital brims with iconic sights
old and new.
Still, London's city planners keep trying to best themselves,
and there's much ado on the architecture and infrastructure fronts
this year and next.
Visitors will no doubt wonder what the giant, egg-shaped
structure looming over the South Bank is.
That would be London's new, 10-story City Hall, open to the
public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as some weekends.
Visitor attractions include a scale model of London and views of
the city assembly chamber.
On the Thames, two new footbridges opened astride the older
Hungerford Bridge connecting Waterloo Station with the Charing
Cross and Embankment stops on the Tube.
With the infamous "wobble" of the Millennium Bridge linking St.
Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern now fixed, that makes three new
ways to cross the river by foot.
Nearby, a new public plaza and entrance staircase for the
National Gallery will be the finishing touches of a complete
redesign of Trafalgar Square, which is being pedestrianized on its
The $75 million overhaul is set for completion by summer.