The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

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The Gherkin or 30 St Mary AxeDesigned by Norman Foster and affectionately, and understandably, dubbed "The Gherkin" thanks to its unique bullet-shape tower, 30 St Mary Axe stands out as one of the City of London's most stunning and critically acclaimed architectural features. Looming up at 180 metres tall it towers over nearby constructions and with its tessellated glass exterior and unique energy-saving methods was voted (December 2005) the most admired new building in the world. It's hard to miss if you're wandering around the City and, while it's not open to the public (except during London Open House Weekend), it's worth a visit just to stand at the base and take in its sleek smooth structure.

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Club Quarters Gracechurch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 79 23% off
7 Gracechurch Street, EC3V | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The location of Club Quarters Gracechurch in the heart of the City has made it a favourite with business travellers. A cheerily macho atmosphere permeates from ... More
196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment from 109 29% off
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M | 5 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
From studio apartments to one and two beds, 196 Bishopsgate offers a full range of self-catering flats that give you more independence than a hotel. Apartments ... More
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 80 26% off
7 Pepys Street, EC3N | 6 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The brand new purpose built DoubleTree Hotel Tower of London is a few minutes walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations. With iMac entertainment systems ... More
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

Nearest to The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Lloyd's of London
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
12 Leadenhall Street, City, London EC3V | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The landmark Lloyd's building, at 1 Lime Street, is arguably one of the most iconic buildings in The City. Designed by architect Richard Rogers, it was ... More
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Tower 42 - formerly NatWest Tower
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City, London EC2N | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
At 601 feet, Tower 42 was the first skyscraper in the City of London when it was officially opened in June 1981 by Her Majesty ... More
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All Hallows by the Tower
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Byward Street, City, London EC3R | 7 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
All Hallows, the oldest church in the City of London, is 1300 years old with a crypt museum, Roman pavement and Saxon and Roman artefacts. There ... More
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Heron Tower
London > Attractions > Sights
110 Bishopsgate, City, London EC2N | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
When it was completed in March 2011 Heron Tower was the tallest building in the City of London, a title soon snatched from it by the ... More
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Leadenhall Building or The Cheesegrater
London > Attractions > Sights
122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Comprising 224 metres of gleaming glass and steel, The Leadenhall Building , affectionately known as 'The Cheesegrater' due to its ... More
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Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street
London > Attractions > Sights
20 Fenchurch Street, City, London EC3M | 5 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the 'Walkie Talkie' made headlines before it even opened when it 'melted' cars parked ... More
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Entertainment near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

Near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Heroes Grotto of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
27 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Empty for four years, the building next to Drapers Hall and behind the Bank of England which used to be Throgmortons became Heroes Grotto of Comedy ... More
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Bishopsgate Institute
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M | 6 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Built in 1891-94 by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Bishopsgate Institute's facade has a theme of arts and crafts. Inside you will find 19th century tiling, a ... More
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Curzon Aldgate
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Goodman's Fields, 2 Canter Way, E1 | 10 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Part of an upmarket development, Goodman's Fields, Curzon Aldgate is a new-build cinema in the East End. Enter through the lounge/bar with its leather sofas ... More
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Shopping near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

The best shops and markets near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Leadenhall Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Whittington Avenue, off Gracechurch Street, City, London EC3V | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Leadenhall Market is a restored Victorian covered market that sells traditional game, poultry, fish and meat. Although there has been a forum (market place) on where ... More
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Cheese at Leadenhall
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
4-5 Leadenhall Market, City, London EC3V | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Dedicated fromageries are rare in London, but with around 100 different British and continental cheeses on offer, they don't come much more dedicated than Cheese at ... More
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Butcher at Leadenhall
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
7 Leadenhall Market, City, London EC3V | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
This excellent butchers within the beautiful Leadenhall Market continues the long tradition at the market where British food has been sold since the 14th century. The ... More
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Konditor & Cook
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, City, London EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Specialists in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city, this store and adjoining ... More
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KERB Gherkin
London > Restaurants >
30 St Mary Axe, EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
On Thursday lunchtimes KERB street food market brings eight traders to the forecourt of ... More
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
33 St Mary Axe, City, London EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
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Education near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

Near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 13 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 16 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 17 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Learn some crafty manouveurs at Making Space where classes on mask making, glass engraving, pyrography (burning patterns into wood or leather), chainmail knitting, and book hollowing ... More
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The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Tower Bridge Health and Fitness Club
London > Leisure >
45 Prescot Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 9 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Free to use for all hotel residents, the Tower Bridge Health and Fitness Club boasts a range of luxury fitness and spa services. The fully equipped ... More
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All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 11 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The third of these increasingly popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys opened in late 2008 to much critical acclaim. Located in the Old Truman Brewery on ... More
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L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure >
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 12 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Spread over three floors L!FE is a unique space within The Old Truman Brewery where yoga, food and music sit side-by-side. ... More
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Pubs near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

The best pubs near London The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe.
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The Lamb Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10-12 Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, City, London EC3V | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Located within the beautiful nineteenth century covered Leadenhall Market, the Lamb Tavern is a traditional British pub that's popular with city workers and tourists. The historical ... More
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The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
One of five different restaurants and bars within the confines of the Andaz hotel, the George is a traditional looking pub - not your typical hotel ... More
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The White Horse
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
2 Exchange Square, Appold Street, City, London EC2M | 7 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
A Geronimo Inns pub in the City, The White Horse gives city workers a bright, airy space to eat, drink and relax and its pub garden ... More
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Nightlife near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Swingers
London > Nightlife >
Brown's Buildings, Bury Street, EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
It started out in 2015 as a pop up in Shoreditch but a year later Swingers gets a permanent bigger and better home at Brown's Buildings, ... More
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B.Y.O.C. East
London > Nightlife > Bars
19 Bevis Marks, EC3A | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Hidden in the basement of James Cochran's restaurant in EC3, this subterranean parlour is the fifth instalment of the much-loved bring ... More
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Dirty Martini, Bishopsgate
London > Nightlife > Bars
158 Bishopsgate, City, London EC2M | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe.
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30 St Mary Axe - Top Floor Restaurant at The Gherkin
London > Business > Venue Hire
30 St Mary Axe, Aldgate, City, London EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Gibson Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Bishopsgate, City, London EC2N | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Coopers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Devonshire Sq, Broadgate, City, London EC2M | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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The Last Days of Anne Boleyn
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Ben Folds
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Barbican Centre 13 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

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Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins
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Barbican Centre 13 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

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The View From The Shard Tickets
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The View from The Shard
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London Nights
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Museum of London 14 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

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Votes for Women
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Exhibitions | Until 6th January 2019 

Museum of London 14 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

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Fatberg!
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Museum of London 14 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

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