The Gherkin – Facts
Standing at 180 metres tall, 30 St. Mary Axe, AKA The Gherkin, is one of London’s prestigious landmarks. This iconic tower was designed by famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. Construction started in 2001 and took two years to complete. Built on the site of the old Baltic Exchange the famous structure features 7,429 panes of glass and 35Km of steel. Today, look through the glossy glass-clad façade and you’ll find the Gherkin offering stunning panoramic views, a distinctive spiral design and a range of private serviced office spaces.
Situated on the 28th and 29th floor of this grand building, businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to SMEs, can occupy this prestigious space and benefit from being located in one of the most well-known buildings in London.
What is The Gherkin used for?
Housing many national and international companies, The Gherkin creates an ideal networking opportunity for all businesses based here. Facilities are plentiful and all areas are beautifully styled. The contemporary Reception area provides comfortable seating and a welcoming environment for all visitors. The ergonomic kitchen area provides complementary tea and coffee and breakout spaces, ideal for gathering your thoughts or chatting with colleagues.
All office spaces within the Gherkin have been superbly designed. The floor to ceiling windows deliver an incredible amount of natural light, whilst the modern air conditioning creates a pleasant work environment for your team. Captivating panoramic views of the city skyline will impress and inspire all who work there, whichever direction they face.
What’s inside The Gherkin?
Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin
The Helix Restaurant can be found on level 39 of the Gherkin and takes its name from the helix shaped structure of the building itself. It offers a suave and sophisticated dining experience where you can take in the surrounds of the City whilst enjoying well crafted fine dining dishes. A starter of Sherry smoked salmon, pickled cucumber and horse radish cream followed by a main course of Shorthorn sirloin steak, crushed Northumberland potatoes and king oyster mushrooms will cost around £60. A budget friendly bottle of wine to accompany your dish will cost between £40-£50.
The Iris bar on level 40 of the Gherkin is at the very top of the building and offers spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of the City. The bar’s name is taken from the Gherkin’s iris-shaped peak and here you can sip a “London Fields” cocktail (Plymouth sloe gin, Cox’s apple, lemonade, lavender extract) for just £14.
The Gherkin – One of London’s prestigious Landmarks
Occupying an office space from the Gherkin provides exceptional views across the city
Your clients will be professional greeted
Kitchen area/breakout space – The perfect spot for lunch
Chris Pound (Area Manager) commented, “The Gherkin is such a fantastic place to work – the 28th and 29th floors offer stunning views across London. The centre is not only reserved for big corporate companies either. We can assist business start-ups with our amazing co-working options. On Thursdays, the ever-popular food market outside offers fantastic lunch options to enjoy while looking up at this unique building”.
Situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station, the Gherkin is ideally located for commuting. Underground lines including the Central, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan connect you to all parts of London whilst the over-ground service covers the prime South East commuter belt and connects you to the National Rail Network.
The area surrounding The Gherkin has an eclectic mix of conventional eateries (including the likes of Pret a Manager, Costa, Tesco and Sainsburys) and fine dining. You’ll find some of London’s finest restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the office, perfect for entertaining clients and colleagues. A round of crazy golf at Swingers, located right next door, is perfect for corporate entertaining and networking events.
Top 3 things to do in the area
Old Spitalfields Market
Dating back to 1638, Spitalfields Market is the place to shop and eat in East London. At Spitalfields you’ll be surrounded by boutiques selling cool housewares, vintage clothes and artwork. Liverpool Street Station is located just within a five-minute walk, whilst Spitalfields Market also offers one of the best street food experience’s in London.
Brick Lane is a thriving retail street most popular for its authentic and delicious restaurants, street food and interesting shops. The area is very popular with businesspeople as a lunchtime venue and it lures many shoppers in the evening. Those shopping for the latest fashions certainly won’t be disappointed.
Box Park Shoreditch is a food and retail park made out of refitted shipping containers! Box Park started life as a pop-up mall for independent global fashion and lifestyle stores and evolved into a hub for street food, bars and events. Box Park has a terrific, vibrant atmosphere and is a great place for time out with contacts, colleagues and friends.
Book your viewing at The Gherkin today
If you’re looking for a Central London office in one of the capital’s prime locations, take a look at the options available in The Gherkin. The iconic building, prestigious address and fantastic transport links makes this office space one of the most desirable around. For latest prices and availability contact an experienced Office Freedom consultant today on 0203 603 2576 and let us help you find your perfect workspace.