Senate House was the inspiration for George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in his famous novel, 1984

At the time he wrote the book (in 1949), the building was the tallest in London (it is 210 feet high). Built in 1932, during world war two the building was used as the Ministry of Information.

In John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids (1951), some survivors adopt the Senate House as their headquarters. The building houses the University of London library.

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