The Gherkin in London’s financial district, stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building which was severely damaged in1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the IRA. Originally known as the Swiss Re Building, it was later sold for a mere £600 million and renamed to its street address 30 St. Mary Axe…but is affectionately known as the ‘Gherkin’ because of its shape — that means ‘pickle’ to you non Brits.
Opened in 2004 and standing 180 metres tall, the building has 40 floors and the tightest security that not even a cupcake can get through…seriously. Unfortunately the building is not open to the public but if you know the right people (wink wink– you know who you are), you can get an invite to the top for a drink with a spectacular 360-degree view.
The Gherkin, 30 Saint Mary Axe City of London EC3A 8EP