Bush House is a large imposing building in Kingsway, near the Strand in central London. It is named after its builder, Irving T Bush who directed its construction from 1925 to 1935. It was described as ‘The world’s most expensive building’.
Bush House is most famous for its connection with the BBC. The European service first moved into Bush House in 1940, when Broadcasting House was damaged by bombing. It continued broadcasting from there after the war had ended and in 1958 it was joined by the BBC Overseas service (later the BBC World Service). It also became the home of BBC Online service. However in the 2000s, with the construction of the BBC media village in White City, the organisation began rearranging the location of its services. BBC Online moved to the Media Village in 2005 and the BBC World Service relocated to Broadcasting House, with its final transmission from Bush House on 12 July 2012.
The entire building underwent a refurbishment and in 2015 Kings College London announced it had taken a 50-year lease on the buildings as an expansion to its nearby campus on the Strand. the new layout includes a 400-seat auditorium, lecture theatres and teaching rooms together with student facilities and offices.