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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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amazing building in London

The Gherkin also know is 30 St Mary Axe is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Gherkin also know is 30 St Mary Axe is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004.With 41 storeys, it is 180 metres .The building has become an iconic symbol of London .The building was designed by Norman Foster In my opinion This design... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went here for a friend's birthday, great atmosphere. Thought the drinks were very pricey though. Great views! Perfect venue for a special birthday. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Arguably one of the most distinct buildings in London's skyline, it was worth a visit to the site where you can marvel as the stunning architecture and get some close-up shots of the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Brilliant view especially on a clear day and night. Service from staff were really good. Just a shame they were foreigners....Most I've every paid for a bottle of white wine but really nice.....just don't drink too much as it's a strange feeling being up high.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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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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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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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 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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