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?
Can I visit The Gherkin?
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.
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 three floors of The Gherkin tower include a private club, Searcys at The Gherkin restaurant and a cocktail bar, all of which are usually only open to club members and tenants of the building. However, you can book in advance for dinner at The Gherkin during a number “open evenings” each year and seasonal pop-up events.
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.
Venue Details & Map
30 St Mary Axe
The City of LondonLondonEC3A 8EP
- +44 (0)20 7071 5008
Top 5 reviews of The Gherkin
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... more
Wow this one is perfect. I really love this building. The architecture of this building is really awesome. Ver typical building in London. more
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... more
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 (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-shard-london-3?hrid=ahJa2neeQ_eJu4KXyqzbig) 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... more
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... more