Built in the early 60s the British Telecom Tower was the tallest building in London until 1981 when the National Westminster tower was built, The BT Tower now ranks as the 10th tallest building in London.
Near the top of the tower on the 34th floor was the revolving restaurant but this closed to the public in 1980 after a terrorist bomb exploded in 1971. Although it caused a lot of damage no one was injured in the blast but it was decided that the restaurant should close to the general public for security reasons.
An interesting fact about the tower is that it was covered by the Official Secrets Act and so technically until the mid nineties you weren't supposed to take photos of it, nor did it appear on Ordnance Survey maps of the area. However as one of the tallest buildings in London at that time it was difficult to miss it!
As many of you know I love exploring the back streets of London and finding unusual buildings or places that I have never seen before. I never use a map as it is impossible to get lost in Central London with a tube station or bus stop never far away.Last week I was wandering around the area known as Fitzrovia which is just a few minutes walk from the busy shops of Oxford Street. I was looking at the BT tower trying to find the best angle for a photograph when I saw
What do you think? It certainly stood out amongst the other office blocks in the area.