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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London

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30 St Mary Axe (previously known as the Swiss Re Building and informally known as the Gherkin) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 floors, it is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on the sites of the former Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which were extensively damaged in 1992 in the Baltic Exchange bombing by a device placed by the Provisional IRA in St Mary Axe, a narrow street leading north from Leadenhall Street.
After plans to build the 92-storey Millennium Tower were dropped, 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and the Arup Group. It was erected by Skanska; construction started in 2001.
The building has become a recognisable landmark of London, and it is one of the city's most widely recognised examples of contemporary architecture. It won the 2003 Emporis Skyscraper Award.
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  • We chose to have breakfast at this place instead of buying a ticket. It's a functional office building so it gets crowded so the restaurant option is better and the food is good, but on the... 
    We chose to have breakfast at this place instead of buying a ticket. It's a functional office building so it gets crowded so the restaurant option is better and the food is good, but on the...  more »
  • A most amazing building in the heart of the financial district. We didn't get to go inside but just seeing it close up is a delight. It is an iconic building and is known as the most civilised... 
    A most amazing building in the heart of the financial district. We didn't get to go inside but just seeing it close up is a delight. It is an iconic building and is known as the most civilised...  more »
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  • We went for an afternoon tea and everything was superb (apart from the smoked salmon, but that’s just because I am a picky eater!). Staff is absolutely incredible! Excellent service! The place is beautiful, food is great… Lovely hostess allowed us to the top floor for some pictures. I’m already planning my next visit!
  • Great building. The views from the bar on the 40th floor are nice. They were so much better long before all of the new buildings in the area were built. It’s a bit drowned out now 😏 It’s in a great location for travel connections and lots of local bars and night clubs. Make sure you get a reservation for the bar if you want go see the views. Security is airport style! Metal detector arch and big X-ray machine. Very safe

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