30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial neo-futuristic skyscraper in London’s primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 storeys, it is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which were extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA in St Mary Axe, the street from which the tower takes its name.

The Gherkin, 30 St. Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8BF


Travel from most appropriate local station.

King’s Cross St. Pancras 7 mins
Oxford Circus 8 mins
Bond Street 11 mins
Canary Wharf 14 mins
Heathrow Airport 39 mins
Gatwick Airport 41 mins


Travel from Liverpool Street station.

Farringdon 2 mins
Whitechapel 2 mins
Tottenham Court Road 4 mins
Canary Wharf 6 mins
Bond Street 7 mins
Stratford 8 mins
Heathrow Airport 35 mins
Quote - T S Eliot
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