The BT Tower on Maple Street in Marylebone, London, W1T 4JZ
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The BT Tower, formerly known as the Post Office Tower and then London Telecom Tower, is one of London’s tallest and most iconic buildings. Located in East Marylebone, this unique building has served as a hub for communication across the city since it was completed on July 15th, 1964 and, at 189 metres, it officially became the tallest building in London.
As part of the British Telecom network, its primary purpose was to support the aerials that used to carry telecommunications traffic from London to the rest of the country. It provided 40 channels with black and white or colour television.
Once the tower was completed it was classed as an official secret, despite the fact that it towers over London! It didn’t appear on ordnance survey or any other map until 1993. The building was closed in 1980, due to security concerns.
In its heyday the top floor of the BT Tower served as a revolving restaurant. Plans to reopen this restaurant were announced in 2009 but quietly dropped just two years later. There are currently no plans for this restaurant to reopen full time, but, to mark the Tower’s 50th birthday, the restaurant will be open to the public for two weeks in July 2015, following a public pallot.
BT does, however, host corporate events on their revolving top floor, and occasionally hosts open days and visits for local schools, allowing Londoners to visit the top of the tower, affording incredible views across London.
The BT Tower was declared a listed building in 2003 and will remain standing in its current incarnation for years to come. It is a building worth visiting if you’re hoping to explore one of the most iconic buildings in London.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road – 10 minute walk
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