BT Tower, London Exclusive Event:
I used to collect stamps – I started quite young, encouraged by my mother because we lived in Malaysia and at the time the country was made up of states each of which had their own stamps. My collection of Malaysian stamps was colourful – exotic flowers, monkeys, pictures of islands. The British page by comparison seemed a bit boring. Of course Christmas stamps were pretty, but for the most part pictures of iconic buildings, even if they are the tallest in the country are just NOT on the same level as Monkeys and Butterflies. As a five year old the commemorative stamps simply didn’t impress me. And even when I returned to London, I can remember being totally non-plussed by the building – it was just…tall. But, by the time I went to University, BT tower was STILL the tallest building in the UK and remained so until the mid 1980s. And actually it was quite useful as a way to help me navigate London in the days before google maps and mobile phones. I’ve only recently learnt the building’s function is to filter broadcast traffic – it was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves and as a functional telecommunications centre relaying broadcast, internet and telephone information around the world.
The BT Tower has been an iconic part of the London skyline for 50 years so it is a must-see landmark for any passionate Londoner
Pete Oliver, Commercial Director of BT’s Consumer Division
I was fascinated to hear that tomorrow, on Thursday 22nd May, BT Tower, one of the UK’s most iconic locations, which has been closed to the public since 1980, will open its doors for an exclusive Google event. London’s top City Experts – who write local reviews on Google Maps – will be given the chance to travel to the top of one of the tallest towers in the UK as it celebrates its 50th anniversary for an exclusive photography lesson with, critically acclaimed London-based commercial photographer and Art Director, Andy Fallon. Now, I’m wondering how you get to be a City Expert to be on the guest list! The BT Tower has been named by City Experts as the number one exclusive location in London that they would most like to visit. The event will include a talk on how London has ‘grown-up’ by Leo Hollis as well as a history of the tower by David Hay. And a photography lesson.
I didn’t realise that the building has been closed to the public since the 1980s. So, that makes this a really special event for the lucky guests.
Update: I’m really sad I missed this event. Not only were some of my friends there, but I’ve now been sent some great photos.
Here’s the viewing area
There’s an amazing 360degree view around the city
Some of my fellow bloggers did go and were busily tweeting the photos they took on the night
And, of course there were a couple of lectures – the first on the tower itself, the second on photography. And I really need that kind of help with my own photos
Apparently they learnt how to create Kitten Kong…and there are a few excellent posts already there if you want to learn more