In 1952,the BBC took a lease on Yalding House, just up Great Portland Street from the back of Broadcasting House. Like a number of buildings along the street, it had been used as a car showroom. So the strengthened ground floor provided a good home for the yards of shelving needed for the Central Music Library. Above were the production offices for The Third Programme/Radio 3. In 1996, Radio 1 moved in, but the sheet music stayed until 2012, when it was shifted to a specially-built basement in Perivale - and Radio 1 headed to Broadcasting House.
Now the ground floor and basement of Yalding is to become a bar and restaurant (subject to licence) called Caravan, which already has branches in King's Cross, Exmouth Market and Bankside. From the all-day menu - roasted red kuri squash, den miso, blue cheese, Thai basil - £7.50; Elwy Valley lamb meatballs, burnt tomato, bulgur, cumin yoghurt, almonds - £17.50. Draught Hells Lager £4.50, prosecco £30. Enjoy.