Manchester town hall
The Manchester Town Hall on Albert Square.
Completed in 1887, this most impressive neo-Gothic building cost a million pounds and is acknowledged as a masterpiece in its own right. It rises as a Victorian edifice - a monument to the civic pride of the city fathers - reaching a height of 87 meters above the square. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse.
Trivia: As filming is forbidden in the Palace of Westminster, Manchester Town Hall is frequently used as its "body double" in British political dramatisations.