The view here is inside London's City Hall, in the main legislative chamber, where a dramatic staircase spirals its way up towards the ceiling.
This building was designed by Sir Norman Foster, and opened in 2002.
Note that the room from which I took this photo is not usually open to the public. I was told that it's open something like two days per month. But when I politely explained my disappointment at that policy (being that I would be back in New York by the next time they'd give public access), one of the employees graciously let me into the room for as long as I needed to take pictures. :)
Showing how bogus and useless flickr's "explore" and "interestingness" rankings are, this picture as of today ranked #435 among my own pictures in interestingness. How f'd - up is that?