World Cup Semi-Final at the BT Tower in London

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As the World Cup reached the heady heights of the last four yesterday, I decided there was no better place to watch the semi-finals than at the BT Tower  – one of London’s tallest buildings.

The BT Tower originally opened in 1966 with a viewing gallery, souvenir shop and rotating restaurant, but sadly it has been closed to the public since 1981.

After being security checked I ascended the 500-odd feet to the viewing deck in less than 30 seconds by lift and walked into what was once the restaurant; now it’s a spacious viewing gallery.

The view was simply breathtaking. London looks even more beautiful from up high than it did from street-level.

Despite the important football match being shown on the many flashy plasma screens, I struggled to keep my eyes on the ball and away from the stunning views.

Tower Bridge, The London Eye, the Gherkin and Canary Wharf, all gigantic structures in their own right, looked like little souvenir models from Hamleys.

Last year The Times reported that negotiations were afoot to re-open the tower to the public ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I for one would add my name to any petition supporting such a move.

Would you like the BT Tower to re-open to the public?