Almost opposite the Houses of Parliament, County Hall was for many years the home of London's government, in the form of the London County Council and latterly the Greater London Council (GLC) and Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). The imposing building, designed by Ralph Knott, was started in 1911 but the intervention of two world wars prevented its completion until 1958. During construction a 3rd century Roman ship was discovered.
It is appropriate that the current home of London's government - City Hall - is in SE1 near Tower Bridge. Now owned by a Japanese company, County Hall has been transformed into a leisure complex. The main riverside building contains the Sea Life London Aquarium, London Dungeon, the London Film Museum and Namco Funscape tourist attractions, as well as Premier Inn and London Marriott hotels. Dining opportunities include Ozu, Locale and McDonald's . County Hall Lettings Company handles the residential accommodation in the complex. The Club at County Hall is an exclusive health and leisure club.