We’re in the UK’s first tallest building.
Millbank Tower, formerly known as Vickers Tower, was built in 1963 for Vickers, the engineering conglomerate. Its 118 metres made it the tallest building in London and the whole of the United Kingdom up until 1967 and sits right beside the River Thames just off Lambeth Bridge and a short walk away from the Palace of Westminster. It boasts panoramic views of London from the top two Altitude London floors, including landmarks like the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Battersea Power Station amongst others.
This grade II listed building has been home to the Labour Party in 1995, who ran their 1997 elections from Millbank Tower. In the past and in the present, it has been used by a cluster of predominantly political organisations including the Conservative and Labour parties and the United Nations to name a few. Today it hosts a wide range of companies from PR agencies to the Ministry of Justice Records Management Service.
The skyscraper featured in the film The Vault of Horror, in 1997, and in a couple of Doctor Who serials, like The Invasion and Terror of the Zygons. Millbank Tower was also featured in the series The Persuaders in the episode called “Someone like me” in 1971.
The 2003 edition of the Pevsner architectural guide says that Millbank Tower is “one of the few London office towers to have won affection”.