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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, thanks to the 2018 opening of restaurant and bar Helix and Iris, it can be enjoyed from inside as well as afar. Located on the 39th and 40th floors, the unique space is one of London's most unique eating and drinking destinations.

 

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Club Quarters Gracechurch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £87  41% 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 £163  36% 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 £98  32% 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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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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Near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th May 2019 to 30th August 2020
The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe, 56 Leadenhall Street, EC3A | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Jeff Wayne's epic 1978 musical version of War of the Worlds has been brought to life as an immersive VR experience. Combining immersive theatre, virtual reality, ...More
 
 
 
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The Fancy Fork
London > Events > Foodie Events  Dates: 23rd July 2019 to 23rd July 2020
The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe, 24-32 King William Street, EC4R | 7 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
As the afternoon rolls into evening Israeli chef Shuli Wimer joins Farmer J in Monument to give us The Fancy Fork, serving a menu which draws ...More
 
 
 
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Near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
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Dabbers Social Bingo
London > Entertainment >
13-22 Houndsditch, EC3A | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The UK's first immersive modern bingo hall, Dabbers Social Bingo revitalises the iconic British pastime with a theatrical drinking, dining and entertainment experience. Cups of ... More
 
 
 
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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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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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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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Helix and Iris
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Previously London's highest private members' club, Searcys at The Gherkin relaunched as new restaurant and bar Helix and Iris in 2018, opening the space to the ... 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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Mimo London
London > Education > Cookery Courses
1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 | 13 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
In a historic building next to Borough Market, husband and wife team Jon and Nicole Warren have set up the second branch of Mimo, their cookery ... 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 Garden at 120
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M | 3 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Owned by Italy's largest insurance firm, Generali, and designed by Eric Parry Architects, Fen Court is a fifteen story state-of-the-art office block which houses ... More
 
 
 
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Ned's Club Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Ned London, 27 Poultry, EC2R | 8 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Centred around a 20-metre marble-lined swimming pool, Ned's Club Spa is a lavish subterranean space that invites both The Ned hotel guests and outside visitors ... More
 
 
 
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Puttshack Bank
London > Leisure > Golf
1 Poultry, Bank, EC2R | 8 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Putting a swing into your social life, Puttshack brings crazy golf into the 21st century with high tech equipment, blinging ... More
 
 
 
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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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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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Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds, The Immersive Experience
Theatre | Until 30th August 2020 

The Hallmark Building 2 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Jeff Wayne's epic 1978 musical version of War of the Worlds has been brought to life as an immersive VR ...More

 
The Fancy Fork
The Fancy Fork
Foodie Events | Until 23rd July 2020 

Farmer J 7 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

As the afternoon rolls into evening Israeli chef Shuli Wimer joins Farmer J in Monument to give us The Fancy ...More

 
The Return Of The Spirit In Painting
Exhibitions | Until 23rd August 2020 

Whitechapel Gallery 9 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Works by artists in a series of shows curated by Nicholas Serota after the landmark 1981 exhibition A New Spirit ...More

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2020 

Barbican - Curve Gallery 13 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

The Barbican Centre presents the first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with a new site-specific installation created ...More

 
The View From The Shard Tickets
The View From The Shard Tickets
Attraction | Until 31st December 2022 

The Shard 14 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the ...More

 
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard
Tours | Next performance 26th May 2020 

The Shard 14 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

The View from The ShardAt almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, The View from The ...More

 
The Southbury Child
The Southbury Child
Theatre | Until 27th June 2020 

Bridge Theatre 15 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere of Stephen Beresford's darkly comic drama about a frequently drunk parish priest who loses ...More

 
Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
Exhibitions | Until 14th June 2020 

Fashion and Textile Museum 18 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Exhibitions & Art, Design....More

Illuminated River
Illuminated River
Exhibitions | Until 17th July 2029 

River Thames 18 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Lighting up London's main waterway, Illuminated River will be one of the longest public art projects in the world when ...More

 
Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi
Exhibitions | Until 18th October 2020 

Tate Modern 19 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

This April, Tate Modern presents the UK's first major mid-career survey of South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. With a ...More

 

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