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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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  • This is really unfair. First of all you can't just pitch up at the Tower. You can only go by invite (charity event or corporate). And when I went, the food was finger food - rather nice but not a sit ...  more »
  • My visit was organised as a surprise as I have told my wife on every visit to London that I want to go up the tower one day. That day was Friday. We had places on a charity event and were treated to a...  more »
  • Was fortunate to be invited on the 25/11/16 to a charge event and knew I couldn't miss this. The ground staff were very friendly and bang on time we took the high speed lift to the famous 34th floor. ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • An iconic London landmark rising above the city like a sort of ugly hand held blender. One that still manages to be beautiful in a functional, no-nonsense way which can always be relied upon to take a good, but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, photo.
  • To be BT or not to be BT may not be the question, but the BT tower certainly is a distinctive building.