I noticed a few photos of the view from 55 Broadway pop up on my Instagram feed after the last London Open House weekend, so when London Transport Museum announced they would be running tours of the building as part of their Hidden London program, I jumped at the chance to see that view with my own eyes.
Situated right on top of St James’ Park tube station, 55 Broadway was built between 1927 and 1929. It was constructed as the new headquarters for the London Underground and was London’s first skyscraper.
The building was designed by Charles Holden, who also designed many of London’s art deco style tube stations.
Our tour took us through some of the offices and meeting rooms in the building, and then finally to the roof terrace where we were able to take in the extraordinary views over London. How many landmarks can you spot?
You can just catch a glimpse of Buckingham Palace.
The building is Grade I listed so TFL are limited in terms of what they can do with it. The offices are quite outdated and there’s no air conditioning so it must get quite stuffy in the summer months (we saw some rather old looking desk fans dotted about). For this reason they have decided to move their headquarters to a new development at the Olympic Park in Stratford. They are due to vacate the building later this year and 55 Broadway will be redeveloped into housing.
I’m not sure if there will be other opportunities for the public to visit 55 Broadway before the redevelopment begins but if you get the chance then I highly recommend it!