BT Tower in London; things you may not know

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The BT Tower in London dominates the West End’s skyline, an area still relatively (for now) without skyscrapers. Now called BT Tower, its name was once the Post Office Tower and many in London still call it that.

It was built in the 1960s and opened to the public in 1966. Its role was to be part of the microwave transmission network. Since 1965 the BT Tower in London was the tallest building in London surpassing St Paul’s dome but in 1980 the tower was surpassed by the NatWest skyscraper in the City.

 

When open to the public the tower had a revolving restaurant on the 34th floor and other public galleries with magnificent views across London. In 1971 an IRA bomb exploded in a men’s room and in 1980 the tower was closed to the public for security reasons.

The tower was considered a ‘secret’, in fact despite being extremely visible, it did not appear on the maps until 1993. Now it mainly serves to control pollution in the air in London, occasionally someone mentions about reopening the revolving restaurant, but not there are concrete projects.

During the Open House Weekend the BT Tower is sometimes open to the public. 

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