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 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.
20th 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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  • Built in 1964, the sky was calculated as 191 metres high, and it was also the tallest building in the Whole Kingdom for 17 years. The 37-storey building, located on the 34-slung observation deck, coincides with the night view of the city of Hindington at night, or enjoys dinner at the same spin dinner.
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  • I felt very privileged as a sharehlder and former BT employee to be given this chance to experience the revolving restaurant. The food was superb as was the wine and the view over London on this beaut...  more »
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  • Amazing views, great and friendly staff. Easy to get to with only a mile to walk from the nearest tube station. The fact you can be so high up in the sky and the building you are on revolves is seriously impressive. If you get the chance to go then do, you won't regret it.
  • What a venue to throw a party. We were asked by our client to throw a summer of 69 themed party at the BT tower and it was very exciting. The venue is of course very unique and the fact it does a full 360 revolution whilst you are dancing away is a USP to say the least. The venue staff were perfect. Everyone of them were amazing and we could not of wanted it any better. We cannot wait to be back here planning events for our clients.
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