Published on February 8th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds
Is It Time for a Doctor Who Restaurant?
The restaurant is just one of the ideas being ‘tabled’ by Grub Street food mag and The Independent when the BBC Television Centre at White City gets turned into a £1 billion themed “village” celebrating the programmes made there.
Among the ideas so far are attractions based on Fawlty Towers, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Blue Peter, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing, which were all filmed at the complex.
Developers Stanhope and its partners — Japanese property giant Mitsui Fudosan and Canadian fund manager Alberta Investment Management Corporation – plan to draw on the history of Grade II listed Broadcasting House and the surrounding 14-acre White City plot in West London to create an interactive “visitor experience” using the BBC’s huge catalogue of archive material.
So soon we could be staying at Fawlty Towers hotel, eating lunch at the Hairy Bikers’ restaurant and buying tea and scones from the Great British Bake Off bakery.
David Camp, chief executive of Stanhope, said:
We will be introducing a vibrant and exciting mix of new retail, leisure, office and residential uses while keeping and enhancing the original BBC buildings and retaining key operational BBC studio and office facilities on site.
So would you settle down at your hover table, attract the attention of The Gatherings Waiter and order two cool glasses of Hypervodka?