One of my favourite London Buildings is the famous Post Office Tower, or BT Tower if you like. It’s a iconic landmark, just around the corner from where work. I often glance up at it from my office to see what is happening in the world. From the dancing reindeer at Christmas, to the day it turned blue for Prince George’s birth. Its a happy London Landmark and was officially opened by the Prime Minster Howard Wilson on this day in 1965.
But did you know it is also London’s worst kept secret?
Because up until just as recently as the 1990’s the Tower was classified as a State Secret and didn’t even appear on maps. Quite surprising for a building that until 1981 was London’s tallest, and can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the city. It’s a shame it’s no longer open to the public, it was closed off following bomb attacks in the 1980s. But there are always rumours of it opening back up. We live in hope.
Although you can’t get inside it is worth visiting, as it’s pretty impressive to see from directly under the Tower on Cleveland Street. It has grade two listing, which protects the building and this includes it’s antenna’s which are now no longer in use.
A few fun facts:
The tower is 191 m (including it antennas).
Its foundations are 53 metres deep.
Its other official opening was in 1966 by Billy Butlin and Tony Benn
Its high speed lift gets you to the top in just 30 seconds!
In 2012 a super megapixel camera was placed on the top of the tower to snap London. You can explore the incredible images at 360gigapixels.com/london-320-gigapixel-panorama