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BT Tower (The British Telecom Tower), London

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The BT Tower is a communications tower located in Fitzrovia, London, owned by BT Group. It has been previously known as the GPO Tower, the Post Office Tower, and the Telecom Tower. The main structure is 177m high, with a further section of aerial rigging bringing the total height to 191m. It should not be confused with the BT Centre (the global headquarters of BT). Its Post Office code was YTOW.Upon completion it overtook the Millbank Tower (which had been constructed faster) to become the tallest building in both London and the United Kingdom, titles it held until 1980, when it in turn was overtaken by the NatWest Tower.History20th centuryThe tower was commissioned by the General Post Office (GPO). Its primary purpose was to support the microwave aerials then used to carry telecommunications traffic from London to the rest of the country, as part of Britain's microwave network.It replaced a much shorter steel lattice tower which had been built on the roof of the neighbouring Museum telephone exchange in the late 1940s to provide a television link between London and Birmingham. The taller structure was required to protect the radio links' "line of sight" against some of the tall buildings in London then in the planning stage. These links were routed via other GPO microwave stations at Harrow Weald, Bagshot, Kelvedon Hatch and Fairseat, and to places like the London Air Traffic Control Centre at West Drayton.
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  • I had the fortunate opportunity to be wine and dined in there top floor restaurant. After being whisked up to the top on what felt like a jet lift, you come out onto the circular floor area with absol...  read more »
  • I visited the BT tower today not only was I knocked back by the engineering task it must have taken to build but the upkeep and the rigging engineers that carry out today and the tasks required to kee...  read more »
  • An excellent view of London in the rotating restaurant. Excellent service by the staff serving food and drinks. No easy parking so take the tube. Take the opportunity if offered. 
  • Interesting place. The top floor has a great view of London (assuming it's a sunny day), so if it's ever open (usually for BT sponsored events), take the chance to go.
  • One of the best iconic buildings not only in London but in UK in general. Amazing view at the top and one of the hardest that you could ticked on your bucket list as it's already closed to the general public. So grab the opportunity to visit whenever you'll be given a chance. The revolving restaurant or the rotating floor is the highlight plus the very fast and smooth lift service. And the bonus is the faultless and super friendly staff.
  • Very difficult to get to the top. You either need to know someone with the inside invitation clearance or join some special event. Either way - the view in the revolving venue is totally worth it.
  • I do regret when Westminster Cable TV were around, back then were owned by BT. Remember I got invited up but could not go, so the guy I worked with Kieron went with his wife and told me it was an exhilarating experience. So I really missed out there. I was pleased to see them light it up with the French tricolour colours after the French terrorist incident of late last year. I can see it from where I work and the London Eye did the same and it all looked magnificent from a roof up in Wardour Street. Iconic and you can see the BT Tower from all directions and could even see it when I am cycling in to work from different angles.. simply magnificent.
  • It is in Fitzrovia near the warren street. It is British Telecom's building. The BT Tower is 171 meter+20 m with antenna. It is not public. (1960) Eric Bedford
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