BT Tower

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BT Tower

One of London's tallest buildings (though its height depends on whether you include the mast that takes it from 175 metres to 188 metres) and certainly one of its most popular, the BT Tower (previously known as the Post Office Tower) was designed to provide support for radio, TV and telephone aerials by means of microwave signals. It was opened in 1964 and its crowning glory was the revolving restaurant, the 'Top of the Tower'. The restaurant was closed to the public in 1971 for security reasons. Until the mid-1990s the building was deemed so important to the national interest it did not appear on Ordnance Survey maps, but it’s now recognised and was listed in 2003, meaning that some of the disused aerials cannot be removed. The restaurant still revolves, though only for special functions, and the tower is closed to the public apart from very occasional openings (it was the red-hot ticket for the 2010 Open House London event). As a cultural icon it has impeccable credentials, having been utilised by ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Goodies’, as well as appearing on the cover of Ian McEwan’s book ‘Saturday’.

The BT Tower will open for balloted tours as part of Open House London

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Venue name: BT Tower
Address: 60 Cleveland St
London
W1T 4JZ
Transport: Tube: Goodge St/Warren St
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Recently managed to book a trip up to the viewing deck of the BT Tower. I've wanted to head up here for years and was genuinely excited to finally get this rare opportunity. And I was not disappointed.

I thought that maybe it would be a bit dilapidated and retro due to the fact that it is rarely open to the public anymore but obviously the BT organisation use it fairly often for company events as it was a lovely up to date environment that was looking as good as new.

I'm a big fan of the Shard as I love a good few but I'm afraid Shard fans that for me the BT tower has a better view. This is mainly because you aren't so high that you can't pick out people walking around down below on the streets of London. It's amazing to see that kind of detail I think. You also get a really great view of all of the classic London sights: Big Ben, the Shard, the London Eye, Canary Whard...we could even see Wembley.

There was a bar serving drinks and snacks on my visit and the staff were lovely.

They also set the tower rotating just the once during my visit proving that this tower has still got its old skills. I think the people are crying out for an attraction like this to return to the public fold. If the old revolving restaurant reopened at the BT Tower I for one would be queuing up to book my table view. An amazing evening!

tastemaker

A 'trip' on the iconic BT Tower should be on every Londoner's must-do list. The views, the perspective, the skyline, the sight spotting..... they all combine to make you feel like a Jack at the top of the city-dwarfing beanstalk. 



Tastemaker

To go up to the top of the BT Tower has been on my London bucket list since I moved here 5 years ago, and I have on multiple occasions thought about starting a campaign to get the restaurant re-opened so that it can be enjoyed by all... but that hasn't happened yet. However my company reached the final of a BT lead business competition and it meant we were able to go to the 34th floor for the evening. Imagine my excitement... we zoomed up in the lift and walked out into the circular room and were met with the most stunning view of the sun disappearing into the horizon. Naturally my phone came out and dozens of snaps were taken before I walked around the circumference of the room to take in the rest of the 360 degree view! While I've been up The Shard and the Walkie Talkie, and even Centre Point when it was open, no view can truly rival this one. There isn't another high rise for ages and so nothing gets in the way! As the sun disappeared the room began to rotate. I estimate it takes about 45 minutes to do a full rotation and with each spin we were able to spot new wonderful sites. It truly is an incredible spot to enjoy London from and I'm definitely going to get on to that campaign for the return of a restaurant. This view is wasted da too much. Oh and the icing on the incredibly tall cake... we won the business competition! This is now my happy place!

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I've done Shard and Sky Garden before, but the view from them is nowhere as good as the one from BT Tower! It's a rare treat to be able to get up there, but if you have a chance (like during the Open House), go for it! Because of its central location, you can see most of the city equally well. The viewing platform is rotating, so you can just grab a chair, relax and enjoy the view without a necessary running around trying to catch every corner.