Iconic tower to become luxury hotel

London's BT Tower is set to be turned into a hotel after it was sold for £275m, earlier this week.

The tower was opened in 1965 by then Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

At 177-metres (600ft), the tower was London's tallest building for 16 years until the NatWest Tower in the City of London was built and it was used by television broadcasters for sending signals.

As technology changed, the microwave aerials have long since been removed from the tower, as they were no longer needed to connect London to the rest of the country.

In 2003, it was awarded Grade II listed status and has featured in a range of films, books and television series, including the BBC's Doctor Who, The Bourne Ultimatum film and Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta.

The tower now looks to the future, fulfilling a new role: welcoming tourists to London and providing a home away from home.

Would you stay at the BT Tower, when it becomes a hotel?  Have you ever been inside?  Tell us in the comments below.

London's BT Tower. Picture: Maritime Radio Archive


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