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, which means that those lovely satellite dishes are there to stay! The BT Tower reopened to the public for one day in 2010 as part of the Open House London, when 480 lucky ballot winners got tickets for a guided tour. Following the success of the initiative, there are plans to open the tower annually as part of Open House.