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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Underground Stations

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Liverpool Street Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Aldgate Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
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Spitalfields Car Park
 
8 minutes walk
 
Q-Park Bucklesbury House
 
9 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Club Quarters Gracechurch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £64  26% 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
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £86  36% 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
 
 
 
Grange City Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £80  30% off
8-14 Cooper's Row, EC3N | 6 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The Grange City Hotel is a 5 star hotel that's luxury is matched by the superb panoramic views over the city of London. A stone's throw ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest 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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The Monument
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Fish Street Hill, City, London EC3R | 7 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Following an 18-month closure which began in 2007, The Monument reopened in February 2009 revealing the effects of a £4.5 million renovation. If you're feeling energetic ... More
 
 
 
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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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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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Electric Blue Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
64 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
The Electric Blue Gallery gallery, co-owned by Jessica Tibbles and Olivier Bernay, opened in January 2009. By February, Wallpaper* magazine was calling the launch "a highlight ... More
 
 
 
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The Tree House
London > Events > Foodie Events  Dates: 16th November 2015 to 27th February 2016
Skylounge, Tower of London, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Skylounge is hosting a special winter pop-up this year, transforming the rooftop bar into a cosy winter woodland. The Tree House is a calming retreat where ...More
 
 
 
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The Inoperative Community
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 10th to 14th Feb 2016 - 11am-6pm
Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, E1 | 6 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Experimental narrative film and video from 1968 to the present day, by artists and film-makers including Ericka Beckman, Eric Baudelaire, Lav Diaz and Leslie Thornton, exploring ...More
 
 
 
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Broadgate Ice Rink
London > Events > Seasonal  Dates: 16th November 2015 to 25th February 2016
Exchange square, Broadgate, City, London EC2A | 6 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
London's longest-running ice rink returns to its new location of Exchange Square in 2015, only a couple of minutes from Liverpool Street Station so ...More
 
 
 
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St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
London > Entertainment > Live Music
78 Bishopsgate, City, London EC2N | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Art exhibitions, films, poetry and live world music events are regularly held at St Ethelburga's Centre. Weekly concerts are mainly staged on Friday nights (doors open ... 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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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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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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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
25 St Mary Axe, City, London EC3A | 1 minute from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe

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London Metropolitan University
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
31 Jewry Street, City, London EC3N | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Student support ... More
 
 
 
Pitman Training Centre
London > Education > Professional Training
Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, City, London EC2N | 5 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Secretarial, clerical and IT training... More
 
 
 
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LA Fitness
London > Leisure > Fitness
49 Leadenhall Street, City, London EC3A | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
An international chain of health and fitness clubs that has a number of sites across London. Facilities vary across clubs, all have well stocked gyms and ... More
 
 
 
Fitness Exchange
London > Leisure > Fitness
106 Fenchurch Street, City, London EC3M | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
A relatively new player in the health and fitness market, the Exchanges offer well equipped gyms, as well as classes, beauty therapy and swimming. New members ... More
 
 
 
Fitness Exchange
London > Leisure > Fitness
Lloyds of London 51 Lime Street, City, London EC3M | 2 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
A relatively new player in the health and fitness market, the Exchanges offer well equipped gyms, as well as classes, beauty therapy and swimming. New members ... 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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Wheatsheaf
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 15 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More
 
 
 
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The Anchor Tap
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23 Horsleydown Road, Bermondsey, Bankside, London SE1 | 15 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Situated on the south side of the Thames in the Tower Bridge Conservation Area, this historic Southwark pub offers a truly traditional English experience. From the ... More
 
 
 
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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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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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Catch Champagne Bar and Lounge
London > Nightlife > Bars
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M | 4 minutes from The Gherkin or 30 St Mary Axe
Great for a late night drink if you're staying at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, and a glamorous destination bar if you're not, Catch Champagne Bar and ... More
 
 
 
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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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Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Sculptures which use commonplace objects to explore notions of value. Featured artists include Subodh Gupta, Haris Epaminonda, Rachel Harrison and ...More

Nicholas Hlobo
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Artworks which utilise craft techniques of stitching and weaving to express the challenges of talking openly about homosexuality in South ...More

Homeworkers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

An exhibition, curated by Ann Coxon and Valentina Ravagli, of artworks employing materials traditionally associated with the domestic sphere. Artists ...More

Ellsworth Kelly
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Retrospective exhibition to mark the abstract artist's 90th birthday, curated by Ann Coxon....More

Minimalism
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

An art exhibition curated by Helen Sainsbury, exploring the development of an aesthetic sensibility characterised by austerity and restraint....More

Between Man And Matter
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Works providing an insight into the affinities between artists working in Japan, Europe and the United States, many of whom ...More

Charlotte Posenenske And Ursula Schulz-Dornburg
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Works by the German artists which explore the intersection between architecture, mass-produced objects and found sculptural forms....More

Cy Twombly
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Paintings and sculptures evoking the ancient world, with which the distinctive American artist was fascinated. Curated by Nicholas Serota and ...More

Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Works by two artists, one Chinese and one Brazilian, who struggled against serious illness and reflected that experience in their ...More

Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Modern 21 minutes walk from The Gherkin Or 30 St Mary Axe

Works by two artists in the arte povera, or poor art, tradition using materials derived from industry and everyday life....More

 
 
 
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