by Tom Mulvihill, The Telegraph, June 28, 2018
London’s iconic BT Tower is set to welcome overnight guests for the first time in its 57-year history – but there’s a catch.
The Fitzrovia skyscraper will become a ‘hotel for a night’ on Saturday 14 July, with spaces limited to a maximum of just four.
The ultra-exclusive stay, which is only available by ballot, will allow guests to bed down on the 34th floor of the skyscraper (37 floors high), which was built in the early 1960s and for 16 years stood as the tallest building in the UK.
The guests will be equipped with tents, a gourmet picnic hamper, and tablets which they can use to stream a variety of films and television shows.
At an altitude of 518ft, they will also be privy to far-reaching, 360-degree views of the London skyline.
The experience is being offered as part of the BT Plus Great Indoors event taking place from July 14-15, marking the launch of BT Plus (the communication company’s new 4G/Fibre broadband package).
Once the site of the tower’s famous revolving restaurant (which closed in 1980), the 34th floor in its entirety will be transformed to replicate the public’s favourite spaces for spending sunny days with friends and family.
It will be divided into zones, each one themed after summer stalwarts such as a pub garden, a picnic area, and a beach (and, somewhat sadly, a living room).
It’s free to attend, with hour-long sessions for up to 90 visitors at a time; those who turn up on the Saturday will have a chance to enter the draw for the exclusive night’s stay.
To apply to attend the BT Plus Great Indoors event, visit BT.com/BTPlusGreatIndoors