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BBC Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, England
+44 370 901 1227
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Nice to see the new Building and surrounding

We went to bbc new centre . It has a new restaurants and the new buildings are used for work shop... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Wild T
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Came face to face with celebs

If you arrive early you get to see a few celebs going in and out. Queuing for entry to a recording... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Dick B
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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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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“news room” (70 reviews)
“radio theatre” (89 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, England
Fitzrovia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to bbc new centre . It has a new restaurants and the new buildings are used for work shop and meetings and training by artist around the world as well as seminars . The food at the restaurant are nice and the serving...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you arrive early you get to see a few celebs going in and out. Queuing for entry to a recording can be slow but is quite orderly. Cafe has a limited bar but teas & coffees cheap. Seating in the (radio) studio is comfortable.

Thank Dick B
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have been here several times; shows diverse and always entertaining. This one was no exception, hosted by David Lloyd and with Lee Mack as 'curator'. The conversation and banter was lively and funny too. The validation process is strict - you are allowed to go...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

This was the second time we have booked (free) tickets to be in the audience in the Radio Theatre. If you register on the webpage then you receive emails notifying you of upcoming recordings and can indicate your interest. The theme of the recording really...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Well visited broadcasting house in April it was a rainy day I forgot to read TripAdvisor and was told by the kind woman that tours were discontinued last year and she was sorry it was ok I took some photos oh and the Costa Coffee...More

Thank Gregory R
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Even if all you do is walk past this building, you'll find yourself taking part in the BBC charter as the building will inform, educate and entertain you! If you've been watching the sitcom W1A, you'll feel a sense of affinity with the new part...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Went to see a recording after requesting tickets ( which are free )..... first time interesting experience....... Queue. Validate tickets ( take ID )...... wait and watch the news being recorded or pop out for a snack and return for the show... all well run...More

Thank par14
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

A great art-deco building with a tasteful new section added on, the one show is broadcast outside from here on some Fridays.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Visited to see a radio show being recorded. Buildings great, very interesting and lots to look at on the walls etc.

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Before White City was the hub of the BBC, this place, Broadcasting House was where it all happened. Now, mostly an administrative centre, it is worth a visit to enjoy the grandeur of the building and its iconographic status. Some stuff still occurs, but nowt...More

Thank Gail S
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maryfairy97
1 July 2018|
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Response from AussiesBallarat | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think tours are offered anymore. So I assume that, after the security check, you can access the cafe. However, I would ring first to check.
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ianvolkov
25 May 2018|
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Response from par14 | Reviewed this property |
The merchandising is opened whilst people are waiting to see a broadcast. The area you are waiting in is entered after clearing security......... which necessitates you having a ticket & ID. I do not know if it is open at... More
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lispearson
6 January 2018|
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Response from BBCToursW1 | Property representative |
Hi Lis, Please do an internet search for BBC Shows and Tours, this should help you navigate to our website. This is where you can find details of shows that are looking for an audience. You can also sign up to the mailing... More
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