30 St Mary Axe

Notable Building in The City

Nicknamed 'the Gherkin' for its distinctive shape and emerald hue, 30 St Mary Axe remains the City's most intriguing skyscraper, despite the best efforts of the engineering individualism that now surrounds it. It was built in 2003 by award-winning architect Norman Foster, with a futuristic exterior that has become an emblem of modern London – as recognisable as Big Ben. While the building is generally only open to those working in it, HELIX, a 39th-floor restaurant with panoramic views, is open to everyone (booking essential).