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Thursday, September 15, 2011

BT Tower London

The BT Tower has gone through a number of name changes in its history. Variously known as the Post Office Tower, the London Telecom Tower and the British Telecom Tower.

The BT Tower is located near Warren Street and Euston Square tube stations to the west of Tottenham Court Road. 177m in height, the BT Tower was completed in 1965 and was designed by architects Eric Bedford and G. R. Yeats.

At present a large LED-based display at the top of the tower is displaying a countdown to the London Olympics in 2012.

The BT Tower once featured a revolving restaurant that was bombed by the IRA in 1971. The building has subsequently been closed to the general public since 1981, with only occasional open days. Plans to reopen the revolving restaurant in time for the 2012 Olympics seem to have been shelved.

BT Tower
60 Cleveland Street

Other attractions in London close to BT Tower by tube, bus or on foot include Regent's Park, the British Museum, Dr. Johnson's House, Samurai Sushi Bento, Russell Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben or farther afield Buckingham Palace.

The nearest underground station to BT Tower is Warren Street on the Northern and Victoria lines.

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