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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

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Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London 94260, England
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Stunning Architecture & An Iconic Part Of London Skyline

This really is an iconic building on Londons famous skyline. It is an amazing building to gaze at. As far as I sm aware at the moment the only way to visit inside at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

This really is an iconic building on Londons famous skyline. It is an amazing building to gaze at. As far as I sm aware at the moment the only way to visit inside at the moment is ; As a guest of someone working there Queuing on Londons open day Sep each year Eating in the private members restaurant. Please,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

During a lovely sunny morning stroll around The City, we ended up at the Gherkin. It's such a shame that the building itself isn't open to the public, but for any fan of stunning architecture, a walk around its perimeter and a look up is a must. A positive addition to the London Skyline.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There is a restaurant and bar on the 39th floor, and already from there you can enjoy amazing views of the Shard, the St. Paul Cathedral, the "Walkie Talkie", the "Cheesegrater", the Tower 42 and the Heron Tower. But the real plus is if you take the stairs from there and get on the 40th floor, right under the dome... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The best addition to London's skyline this century. Unfortunately not open to the public unless you are in London for the open house weekend in September. It is in the heart of London's financial district so there is not much on offer for the tourist unless you are a fan of modern architecture. The best views are east of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had tea at the Gerkin. I thought we would be high up, but there we wererfight under the topmost dome of The Gerkin. The views were spectacular but what was mos tfascinating were the reflections of everyone in the the tea room.There were lots of us reflected many many times, It was like being inside a giant kelidodcope.Aeroplanes flying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Came to The Gherkin for linch at Searcy's. The building is quite beautiful. It's distinctive shape makes it all at once attractive and intriguing - like something that just shouldn't be there. Excellent. Worth a visit. Great pictures on a clear sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is for the admirers of architecture. I work here. It leaks during heavy rain fall. The glass needs caulking. Suggest to visit 11:30am to taste the posh food trucks at the foot of the gherkin. Expect a £6 for "Kanye West Mac n Cheese", which is bacon with mac and cheese. The trucks are there Tuesdays and Thursdays. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Took advantage of the Open House week-end every September and despite queuing for 2 and a half hours to get in it was well worth the panoramic view of all of London's iconic buildings. Unfortunately it's impossible to visit at other times unless you have business there but absolutely fantastic

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of those buildings you see every time a movie or show gives views of London. Disappointing for photos as it is surrounded by other buildings. Best photos from a distance, however, up close you will be surprised how nice the building design is - one of the most recognised buildings in London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

So I have been waiting 2 hours for get into the gherkin during open house 2014... The 20 minute visit is well worth the dreadful queue! Arrive early before the start of the event. This place will be open again hopefully for next year's open house :) Its well worth the wait considering this place is not usually open to... More 

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From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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