BT Tower

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BT Tower information

Location
London , England
Address
60 Cleveland St
W1
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Visible from virtually everywhere in central London, the 1960s BT Tower (which was once the highest structure in the city) was closed to the public many years ago as a result of terrorist threats. Incongruously for such a conspicuous structure, the building was officially a ‘secret’ and didn’t appear on official maps until 1993, when Member of Parliament Kate Hoey used her parliamentary privilege to ‘confirm’ its existence.

The tower is still used as a communications hub and for air pollution monitoring. It is also a listed building, occasionally opened to the public for one day as part of the Open House London, when lucky ballot winners can secure tickets for a guided tour.