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BBC Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, England
+44 370 901 1227
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BBC. Best Be Careful

Although there are no official tours these days, as part of a short trip to London for my son's... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
vetpracman
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Unusual experience!

Went here as part of a BBC audience for the Radio Show 'Quote Unquote" , a show that has apparently... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
CheekyLondon
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BBC Shows and Tours offer you the opportunity to take a tour or see a show at the BBC's newly redeveloped Worldwide headquarters in the heart of London! The famous BBC Radio Theatre is home to many popular BBC Radio Shows. Shows and tours MUST be booked in advance.Tours are led by our entertaining and informative guides who will bring to life the work of the BBC's brand new, state of the art, multimedia broadcasting centre in the heart of London. On a tour some of the things you're likely to experience include a camera's eye view via our big screen into some of the studios broadcasting to the nation, including television and radio news studios, as well as hearing about the rich history of the building and the BBC. You'll look down on our new state of the art newsroom and there will be the opportunity to have a go at reading the news and weather yourself on our interactive news set! We'll tell you about how BBC Radio Drama is made and you'll be able to have a go at making your very own radio play complete with music and sound effects! On some but not all tours, you may get the chance to peek into the newly restored Radio Theatre (production schedules permitting) where Radio 2 concerts and popular radio comedy shows such as Just a Minute, the News Quiz and The Now Show have recently been recorded. We're sorry, but we can't admit babies, or children under 9, on this tour.Your tour will last approximately one and a half hours.Please remember that Broadcasting House is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun.
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Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although there are no official tours these days, as part of a short trip to London for my son's birthday, we ventured to New Broadcasting House to visit the cafe overlooking the newsroom. Sadly, having circumvented a group of animal rights protesters in the concourse,...More

Thank vetpracman
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Went here as part of a BBC audience for the Radio Show 'Quote Unquote" , a show that has apparently been going for 41 years. The show itself was interesting and amusing. It's worth signing up for the radio shows here as it's an interesting...More

Thank CheekyLondon
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We came to be the "live studio audience" for the pilot of a new sitcom. This involved hanging around watching the News Room in action for an hour or so, then sitting in the Radio Theatre to watch the pilot and having our laughs, oohs,...More

Thank Eleanor F
Reviewed 9 May 2017

I was on the Victoria Derbyshire show as a guest panelist and found the staff throughout the experience amazing. Right from reception, where the ladies were welcoming and asked if I wanted a beverage through to assistants and minor production staff who guided me to...More

Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We needed a short rest prior to eating at nearby Roux, so cheekily took advantage of BBC reception. We saw two famous news reporters and Brian May of Queen. Great for celebrity spotting. Much prefer to have tickets to a radio show though, and go...More

Thank TrevorHall
Reviewed 8 April 2017

It's good to join the studio audience for recordings of brilliant Radio 4 programmes in the iconic Radio Theatre. Part of the original BBC Broadcasting House, the art deco Radio Theatre is now nicely integrated into the revamped Broadcasting house. It's free to see a...More

Thank TheSciolist
Reviewed 29 March 2017

You can't tour the building anymore, but if you love Art Deco like I do, it is worth the 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus to see this beautiful building..... and who knows who you might spot while you're there?

Thank ZoeBailey72
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Sadly you can no longer get a tour of Broadcasting House but it's still an interesting way to spend a little time. The outside is an iconic view which is beautifully lit up at night. Walk through the revolving doors and into the atrium, there...More

2  Thank Sally H
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

A really incredible building and theater where you can actually get tickets to watch amazing talks, performances, etc... but make sure you do your pre-reservation only. It's not possible to buy tickets at the building.

1  Thank Barbara V
Reviewed 25 January 2017

The staff are absolutely lovely and friendly! So welcoming! I love visiting the Broadcasting house- it's exactly as you'd expect. A stereotypical "bustling" newsroom, and I love it.

2  Thank Meg_on_holiday_9
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Sidney_Brewer
4 March 2017|
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Response from BBCToursW1 | Property representative |
Hello there and thanks for your question. Photos in the public areas are allowed, please double check with Security Guards or Reception if you have any questions about photos. Many thanks.
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Hilary M
23 February 2017|
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Response from BBCToursW1 | Property representative |
Hi there, it should finish around 21.30. Thanks.
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Pauline S
20 October 2016|
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Response from BBCToursW1 | Property representative |
Hi Pauline, the BBC Shop at Broadcasting House in London is still open Mondays to Fridays from 11.00 - until 5.30 pm currently. Thanks.
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