The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe is an office building affectionately known as The Gherkin. It's not open to the public, except during the Open House London event and for restaurant bookings. En savoir plus

Vue d'ensemble

Get up close to one of the City of London's most recognisable pieces of architecture.

What is The Gherkin?

The Gherkin, otherwise known as 30 St Mary Axe, is one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. It has been open since 2004.

Why is it called The Gherkin?

The distinctive landmark got its nickname due to its round, vegetable-like design. The bullet-shaped building has occasionally been incorrectly referred to as “The Cucumber London”, the "London Egg" building and even “The London Pickle”!

Who designed The Gherkin?

The glass-fronted tower was designed by legendary British architect Sir Norman Foster. It took a total of two years to construct, and The Gherkin’s architecture features a distinctive spiral design.

How tall is The Gherkin?

The Gherkin is 180 metres (591 foot) tall. Towering 41 floors above the City of London, The Gherkin looks magnificent at any time of the day, but it’s particularly dazzling when lit up during night-time.

Where is 30 St Mary Axe?

The Gherkin is found in the City of London’s financial district, close to Leadenhall Market, The Monument and the Bank of England Museum.

There are 12 London bus routes serving the area around 30 St Mary Axe. It can also be reached by Tube via Liverpool Street station or Aldgate and Bank Underground stations.

Can I visit The Gherkin?

Apart from its restaurant and bar, The Gherkin isn’t normally open to the public. However, you can step inside the iconic building during special events such as Open House London. This event is extremely popular, so make sure to enter the ballot for entrance to 30 St Mary Axe.

Learn all about the tower during a walking tour, including the The City of London Tour or the skyscrapers and sculpture route of the City of London Visitor Trail.

What’s inside The Gherkin building?

The Gherkin is a private office building, which is home to several large businesses.

What’s at the top of The Gherkin?

The top two floors of The Gherkin tower include Helix and Iris, a panoramic restaurant and bar both open to the public. There, you can enjoy sophisticated cocktails and contemporary British cuisine, while taking in the uninterrupted views of London.

Facts about London’s Gherkin building

•Despite its shape, the lens at the very top of the tower is the only piece of curved glass used in The Gherkin.

•There are 18 passenger lifts which travel at speeds of up to six metres (20 foot) per second.

•There are 1,037 steps in each of The Gherkin building’s stairwells.

•30 St Mary Axe is covered in 24,000 sq metres (2,200 sq foot) of glass, which equates to five football pitches.

•The Gherkin building is constructed from more than 35 kilometres (21 miles) of steel, weighing a total of 10,000 tonnes.

What’s the London egg building?

The Gherkin shouldn’t be confused with City Hall, an egg-shaped building in London, which houses the Mayor of London’s office.

Détails et plan du lieu

The Gherkin

Adresse :
30 St Mary Axe
The City of London
Téléphone :
+44 (0)20 7071 5008

Critiques de Yelp

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Top 64 reviews of The Gherkin

5.0 sur 5
17 August 2017
par Vincent L.

Since I'm a naughty little boy, the first thing that comes to mind for me whenever I see the Gherkin bursting through London's skyline is not a cucumber of the vegetable kind, but one of, well... another kind. ;)

Nevertheless, even if you're inclined to more pure thoughts, you've got to admit that this is a stunningly sleek skyscraper with gorgeous, rounded lines. It's not just a landmark in... En savoir plus

5.0 sur 5
29 September 2015
par Josh B.

For the longest time I've wanted to see "the Gherkin". I've seen the Swiss Re Building in books before and never ever thought I would get to see it up close. My euro trip had us venture into London and while my sister tried to find warmer clothing in the T.K. Maxx nearby, I headed up the street to see the prize, The Gherkin, in all it's glory. As I cranked my neck and head upward to take it... En savoir plus

4.0 sur 5
25 June 2016
par Dennis K.

Wow this one is perfect. I really love this building. The architecture of this building is really awesome. Ver typical building in London. En savoir plus

5.0 sur 5
05 October 2014
par Alyssa R.

Another architectural gem! I love London's skyline with its combination of historical wonders, a giant ferris wheel and some of the most modern unique architecture around.

As with the Shard ( I didn't actually get to go inside the Gherkin but I marvel at the design of it. It's an amazing looking structure and so worth a... En savoir plus

5.0 sur 5
18 April 2015
par Rachel B.

We were treated to a night at the Gherkin after a work away day 2 nights ago and I'm still feeling the effects of it now (although I'm sure that was down to the crazy marketeers I was with)! All of the staff were so welcoming and guided us all up to the top floor of the Gherkin. The view was magical as soon as you walked up the winding staircase. My friend and I did a sweep of the floor to... En savoir plus

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