Empress State BuildingEdit profile
The Empress State Building is a skyscraper in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It was built in 1961 and was 100 metres (328 ft) tall with 28 floors. It was renovated in 2003 to a design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Three floors and 17.3 metres (57 ft) were added to its height. 'Orbit' is the name given to the private revolving bar on the top floor which offers panoramic views of London. The building is named after the Empress Hall which formerly stood on the site, and in tribute to the Empire State Building. The building is mainly occupied by staff from the Metropolitan Police Service who refer to it as ESB. Some of the upper floors are occupied by staff from Transport for London. This building was originally designed as a hotel but was first used by the Admiralty and was intended to look like a bow of a warship from any angle, but was first occupied by MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service).