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BBC - WC2 Faraday, BBC and Victoria

Plaque: BBC - WC2


From 1923 to 1932 the studios and offices of The British Broadcasting Company and its successor, the British Broadcasting Corporation, were in this building.
{To the left the letters BBC are placed in a circle as if forming the grill on a radio speaker.}

This plaque is on the front of this building, over to the left (out of our picture) in the mirror position of the foundation stone.

Newly formed in 1923, the BBC leased seven rooms in this building and quickly expanded, occupying the whole of the West Wing by the end of that year. In 1925 the BBC moved to the building behind, renaming it, from Savoy Mansions to Savoy Hill, and stayed until 1932.

During the 1920s the BBC often used the nearby Savoy Hotel for their dance music broadcasts.

Site: Faraday, BBC and Victoria (3 memorials)

WC2, Savoy Place, 2

Built in 1886 this was originally the joint Examination Hall for the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons. Its classical facade was modernised in the late 1950s when the top storey was added. High up it is inscribed, "Institute of Electrical Engineers, founded 1871". The IEE, who moved here in 1910, is now (2008) known as the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Unrelated fact: The Bob Dylan video for Subterranean Homesick Blues was filmed near here, at the junction of Savoy Hill and Savoy Row. Thanks to London Daily Photo for bringing this to our attention. Wikipedia tell you more about it but they have the location wrong.

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British Broadcasting Corporation

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Michael Faraday statue

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Victoria Foundation stone

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