30 St Mary Axe

Notable Building in The City

Nicknamed 'the Gherkin' for its unusual shape, 30 St Mary Axe is the City's most distinctive skyscraper, dominating its skyline despite actually being only the fourth tallest. Built in 2003 by award-winning architect Norman Foster, the Gherkin’s futuristic exterior has become an emblem of modern London – as recognisable as Big Ben. The building is closed to the public, though in the past it has opened its doors over the Open House London weekend in September.