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BT Tower Open To Public For One Day Only

BY Boon Koh
Published 16 August 2010

In a big boost to the Open House biannual weekends, the BT Tower has joined the hundreds of venues across London which will open its doors to the general public for the first time since the early 1970’s.

Built in 1965, the tower was originally known as the Post Office Tower, and was the largest building in London for many years until the Natwest Tower opened in 1981. The BT Tower outgrew its original use as a vital relay station of microwave communications, but remains a symbol of architecture triumph in the 1960’s and was granted a Grade II listing in 2003.

The tower, designed by the architects of the Ministry of Public Building and Works — most notably Eric Bedford and G.R. Yeats — was completed in 1964 at a cost of £2.5 million and stands 177m tall.

For one day only, on the 19th September, members of the public will be able to enter the BT Tower and go to the top, where there are panoramic views of London to be had. Entrance is free, but as this is a one-off and will no doubt be the star venue in this September’s Open House weekend, you should make sure you book your tickets well in advance on the Open House website.

Visitors will be able to go all the way up o the 34th floor. There have been rumours recently that the tower was to be converted into a boutique hotel with a revolving 34th floor, perhaps with a restaurant, but that rumour has not been substantiated by BT, who have so far maintained that there are no plans at all.

The full Open House London Weekend 2010 guide can be found here, where you can also book tickets to enter the BT Tower and join tours of the Olympic Park.

BT Tower address: 45 Maple Street W1T 4BG
Opening times: Sun – 12noon-5.30pm

  • http://thelondoneer.blogspot.com The Londoneer

    I’m gutted to be missing Openhouse this year (I’ll be yodelling on a mountain-top in Austria) and the BT Tower was right at the top of my list – hope you’re going to go and cover it on the blog for us!