Some might say that I'm a tourist with a varied and eclectic interest in places to seek out. Others might say I have a whacky list of interests that wouldn't appeal to most people. Both are probably true. Maybe that's why I travel on my own so well. In fact, even when I travel with friends, I tend to go off on my own for at least part of the time. On my last trip to London, I had a long list of places I wanted to visit and I'm happy to say, I made it to most of them. There are still a few lurking on the list for next time.
One of those places on my list was Broadcasting House, the home of the BBC. Why, you might ask? It all stems from a comedy program I found on Netflix a year or so ago called "W1A". It was a hilarious comedy of yarns about managing forces at Broadcasting House.
I'm sure that real life work at the BBC is much more placid than the show portrays....or is it? Regardless, the show made me curious to see the building for myself. The building is a combination of old and new; the old part having been built in 1932 and the new part completed in 2013. It now forms a sort of horseshoe shape around a central plaza.
Inside the lobby, there are displays relating to different BBC productions. I was excited to find Dr. Who's Tardis sitting in the lobby area. I tried to peek inside but it was locked. Too bad, I would have loved to take a spin around the universe.
After passing through a security checkpoint, I arrived at a visitors area where I could view all the activity in the Newsroom below.
After taking several photos, I noticed the "No Photography" sign on the glass.....oops! However, the security guards were a mere 10 feet away from me and none of them took notice.
If you are a fan of British comedy, I recommend the short series "W1A". It stars Hugh Bonneville (of Downton Abbey fame) and a cast of idiosyncratic characters I won't soon forget!