The tallest building in my neighbourhood in London is the BT Tower. It is both visible and mysterious. It’s visible all the way across Fitzrovia and Marylebone to Regent’s Park.
Now for the mystery. We know what it is NOT.
It is NOT open to the public (although visitors were welcome from its opening in 1965 until 1980 and there was even a revolving restaurant near the top).
It is NOT an Official Secret (although it was omitted from official maps for a long time). It even has its own Twitter account now – @bttowerlondon.
It is NOT a clock, but in 2012 it did display a countdown of the days remaining until the start of the London Olympics.
It is NOT the tallest building in London – it is only 11th in the current list.
It is NOT a post office, even though it was called the Post Office Tower when it was first built. It is now called the BT Tower. (British Telecommunications plc is part of the BT Group).
If you walk along Howland Street, you begin to see what it really is – a pretty cool-looking, and still functioning, communications tower. Take a closer look at the top levels in the next photo.
Here are some links to interesting sites about the BT Tower: