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The Gherkin

Marvel at this innovative building with a spiral design that resembles a pickled cucumber in the center of London’s skyline.

The Gherkin is a skyscraper in the financial district of London with an innovative spiral design that resembles a pickled cucumber. It is now one of the most recognizable structures in London’s skyline due to its curious appearance and importance to the economy. The 590.5-foot (180-meter) tall structure’s design enables the tower to use around half the power of most buildings of its size. The majority of the building is used for offices and residences. 

Capture photos of the Gherkin from the River Thames. It has become an important and easily recognizable feature of London’s skyline. As it is mainly used for offices and residences, it is not always open to the public. Guests of residents can enjoy the restaurant and bar at the top of the tower, which has an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city.

The general public can tour the building during the annual Open House Weekend London. Reserve an Open House Weekend ticket in advance to look around the building. 

At any time of the year you can stroll around the adjoining plaza to gaze up at the towering structure. Despite its rounded appearance, the only curved piece of glass in the building is the arch at the top. Dine at one of the restaurants in the square or enjoy a coffee at a café as you watch business associates walking past.

The official name of the building is 30 St. Mary Axe, but it is commonly referred to as The Gherkin, the British word for pickled cucumber, due to its shape. It stands on the site of the former financial building, Baltic Exchange, which was destroyed by a bomb detonated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1992. The Gherkin was completed in 2003 and opened in 2004.

The Gherkin sits in the financial district of London. There are several London Underground and many bus services in the area.


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Leman Locke

15 Leman St, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Aldgate East Station and Aldgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Rs10,903
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London Rs7,402
      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London

      7 Pepys Street, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and Liverpool Street are also within 15 minutes. Tower Hill Station and Tower Gateway Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Andaz London Liverpool Street - a concept by Hyatt

        Andaz London Liverpool Street - a concept by Hyatt

        40 Liverpool Street, London, England
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market. Sky Garden and London Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Liverpool Street Underground Station and London Liverpool Street Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Clayton Hotel City of London Rs7,049
          Clayton Hotel City of London

          Clayton Hotel City of London

          10 New Drum Street, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and London Eye. The British Museum and Big Ben are also within 3 mi (5 km). Aldgate East Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aldgate Station is 4 minutes.

            Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge Rs5,581
            Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

            Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

            45 Prescot Street, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tower Gateway Station is 5 minutes by foot and Aldgate East Station is 6 minutes.

              Dorsett City London Rs6,990
              Dorsett City London

              Dorsett City London

              9 Aldgate High Street, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Liverpool Street. Tower Bridge and Tower of London are also within 15 minutes. Aldgate Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aldgate East Station is 3 minutes.

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                Club Quarters Hotel, Gracechurch

                Club Quarters Hotel, Gracechurch

                7 Gracechurch Street, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Financial District and The Gherkin. London Bridge and Liverpool Street are also within 10 minutes. Bank Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Monument Underground Station is 5 minutes.