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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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Glass instead of stone.

It is refreshing to have glass constructions like the Shard mixed in with all the traditional bricks, stone and mortar. The Gherkin is a stand alone in design but has a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Adelaide, Australia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is refreshing to have glass constructions like the Shard mixed in with all the traditional bricks, stone and mortar. The Gherkin is a stand alone in design but has a distinctive appeal in its home environment. Well worth a photo stop.

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If someone likes modern bulidings, than he/she will like this! Interesting, modern and looks really good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As birthday lunches go this was excellent. 5 courses with 5 superb glasses of wine. Super service, excellent sommelier. Lovely food, excellent tastes in special surrounds and a very clear day to make the most of the view. So worth a trip. Very enjoyable indeed.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was evening and the view was lovely except that is not enough. In order to take in the view the lights are turned down so low one pokey tea light is all you get to see what you are eating. Which is probably just as well as the food was trumped up rubbish and completely tasteless. You have to... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This is such an iconic part of the London skyline. It is worth getting some photos of the building. It is so close to Tower Bridge that you don't have to go out of your way to see it!

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

After attending a business conference at the Gherkin we ended the day up at the Searcy's bar on the 40th floor, which offers fantastic 360 degree views along with a glass domed roof. Great view of the Shard and the Walkie-Talkie building

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This Norman Foster structure created quite a stir when completed because of its unusual shape and for being the first new skyscraper to challenge Tower 42 (formerly Natwest Tower) in terms of height. Now it's generally known by its nickname, as are several other nearby buildings including 'The Cheesegrater', 'The Walkie Talkie' and 'The Shard'. Unfortunately 'The Pinnacle', after construction... More 

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

My b-i-l works here, I was in town for a meeting at the baltic exchange (next door) so we thought we'd have a drink and a bite to eat in the bar at the top (i'd never been here). He'd booked. We were 10 minutes late, but no one took the blindest bit of notice of us when we walked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

I was lucky to gain access to the top of the Gherkin via my work, as we arranged a breakfast event an early morning in February. There are few things that can top seeing the lights of the city glow, and having the sun rise and see the daylight settle upon the lovely city that is London. I'm thanking my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I was fortunate to be there on business, when there was a little coffee place right in the top of the building. Nice coffee and pastries! Wonderful wonderful views across London; east, south, west, and north. If you get the chance to get up there, though I gather the coffee place is no longer there, go.

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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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