History of the BBC

History of the BBC

Bush House

Bush House
Farewell to an iconic building

1940, and BBC language services, intended for an international audience were bombed out of their home at 200 Oxford Street. A new home was urgently required, and there was space at a former trade centre on Kingsway, in central London. This was to be the home of the BBC’s international operations for over 70 years. Now the building is closing down, and the BBC World Service, in its 80th year, will start broadcasting from a state-of-the-art complex next to Broadcasting House. Celebrate the passing of an iconic building, and look forward to a new future for the BBC World Service.

Another View

Manuel Vazquez photo

The BBC World Service commissioned photographer Manuel Vazquez to produce a set of images of Bush House in its final year. The results are a unique view of the building taken without any human presence.



Bush House has been home to a huge number of tenants over the years. Staff recall their highlights of working in the building.


Photo by Manuel Vazquez

Manuel Vazquez explained to BBC History Manager, John Escolme how he worked and the philosophy that guides his thinking.


Have you ever been to Bush House? What does the name mean to you? Did you work in the building? Leave you memories here!


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