Video: The Post Office Tower's Revolving Restaurant In 1966

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 58 months ago
Video: The Post Office Tower's Revolving Restaurant In 1966

When it opened in 1964, the Post Office Tower (known today as the BT Tower) was not only Britain's tallest building, but the first in London to have a revolving restaurant at the top. The film above, an episode of 'Look at Life' produced in 1966, shows it in operation.

The revolving restaurant (operated, improbably, by Butlins) was closed in 1980 due to security concerns, and seems unlikely to re-open, despite rumours that it might. Revolving restaurants have gone out of fashion but if you're looking for a table with a view, try SushiSamba or Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower, or the new restaurants in the Shard, or else wait until next year when 20 Fenchurch Street opens — an image of its 'Sky Garden', complete with a three-level restaurant, was released earlier this week.

(Hat tip: Modernist Estates)

See also:

The top 10 lifts in London

Last Updated 08 June 2013


It was great fun - shame it never reopened. I think revolving restaurants should come back into fashion!

Marguerite White

I remember when my dad took me to there in 1965 and we climbed all those steps right to the top and it was very strange at the top and wonderful sight seeing above everything.I think it should be brought back..