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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

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30 St Mary Axe, affectionately known as the 'Gherkin', is a landmark curvilinear 40-storey office building in the heart of London's financial centre and is unlike any other ever conceived. With distinctive tapering form that minimises its footprint and effect on the London skyline and eco-friendly glazed skin with lightwells, the building also has a glazed dome at the top with spectacular 360-degree views across the city. RIBA Stirling Prize Winner 2004.


Address 30 St Mary Axe EC3A 8EP

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Last Entry
Sat - 8am-4pm. Sun - 9am-4pm. Groups of 30 people every 10 mins, strictly 20 mins duration in total, first come basis. High security with bag and body scans. Bring photo ID. Open House volunteer priority entry not valid..Last tour 3.30pm..

Key D Q T

Architect Foster + Partners

Year 2003.

How to get thereDLR/Tube: Bank; Tube: Aldgate;

 Tube/Rail: Liverpool Street;

 Bus: 4,8,25,100,149.

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Entry Areas

Entry: foyer, top of the building.

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  • A Architect / Engineer present
  • B Bookshop
  • C Childrens Activities
  • D Disabled Access
  • G Green Features
  • N Open To Public most days free of charge
  • P Parking
  • Q Long Queues Likely
  • R Refreshments
  • T Toilets

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