BT is running a ballot to allow 1,400 diners to enjoy lunch or dinner on the 34th floor of the BT Tower, the famous revolving restaurant that is usually reserved for PR events and other special occasions. The temporary re-opening of the restaurant is part of the 50th Birthday with the tower officially opening on 8th October 1965 and is still operational as a critical communications hub.
"I’m delighted we’re able to re-open the restaurant to the public. The BT Tower was a unique feat of engineering when it was first built and it remains an important and much loved building today. It has been a working icon of technological innovation for fifty years and what better way to celebrate that than by opening it to the public.
The ballot winners are in for a treat as they will be able to see London in all its glory. People who choose the dinner option will have the added bonus of seeing the sun set followed by the dazzling spectacle of London at night.Gavin Patterson, BT Group Chief Executive
The ballot is spread over two weeks, with entries via www.bt.com/bttower50. Entries received in the week 9am on Monday, 22 June 2015 to 9am on Monday, 29 June will be drawn for lunch or dinner for the first week of the opening which starts Saturday, 25 July. Entries in the week 9am on Tuesday, 30 June lasting until 9am on Tuesday 7 July will be drawn in the ballot for the second week of dinning up the Tower which ends on Friday, 7 August.
The restaurant will be closed on each Monday. The four course lunch is £49.95, with the seven course dinner costing £67.95 per person. Each ballot winner is allowed to bring up to three guests who must be 16 or over, ballot entrants must be 18 or over.
For those that enter the ballot there will be another draw for free entry to a snacks and drinks event over several days with another 2,500 able to attend, giving more people the opportunity to see a rare view of London.
Any profit from the re-opening will be donated to Childline.