Most nights there’s something different rotating on the vast circular screen at the top of the Post Office Tower, as I still like to think of it. I can see it from my kitchen and it looks very cool. Sadly, BT, not exactly known for its visionary sense of style, has decided not to reopen the rotating restaurant after all because it would cost too much.
I’m surprised by this, and wonder if it’s an excuse. It’s possible that Health & Safety laws have changed radically since it first opened, but failing to relaunch a London icon in time for the Olympics is unforgivable. It was a restaurant before – just how much work is involved?
I’ve been to the top. It’s a naff BT corporate entertaining zone of the weak-tea-and-Peak-Frean-Biscuits variety. I remember having to change lifts halfway up because the tower’s ability to move in high winds prevents a single liftshaft operating.
So, a great opportunity has been missed. Perhaps the Shard (Europe’s tallest building, rising fast) will have a restaurant, but who wants to overlook London Bridge station?