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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

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Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, England
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birthday surprise

In January I celebrated a mile stone birthday. i have always loved the arctectual beauty of the guerkin, and as a massive surprise my wonderful husband and our two teenage... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

In January I celebrated a mile stone birthday. i have always loved the arctectual beauty of the guerkin, and as a massive surprise my wonderful husband and our two teenage children,had booked us all in for dinner in the guerkins restaurant. I was so overwhelmed. We were looked after very well, sitting us right next to the windows to take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I haven't ever been in the inside but maybe this is my favorite building in London. A landmark skyscraper, situated in eastern London. I always enjoying admiring this marvelous, architectural work of art. It is visible from most parts of London. A photographic experience.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a greatest building ever made in the modern England. I am studied architecture and I like building and great skyscraper like this I have to say that it is a true icon on London. I couldn't go inside because of time but be sure to come a read my comment next time because I will definitely be there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went for a meal and drinks. Security was tight like going through airport controls lol but that's reassuring. Lovely meal portions could be larger. Very good service. Fantastic panoramic views of London especially in the bar. Fabulous experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We went to Searcy's Bar on the top floor (39). Being quite exclusive, we were concerned that it could be unfriendly and obscenely expensive, but our concerns were unfounded. The most amazing aspect of the venue is, unsurprisingly, the 360 degree views over London - it really is incredible. We arrived on a clear day as the Sun was setting,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 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 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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