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The Gherkin    

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The Gherkin

London, England

London’s historic skyline received a contemporary jolt when the 41-story 30 St Mary Axe, better known as The Gherkin, opened in 2004 in the financial district. Designed by renowned architect Sir Norman Foster, the eco-friendly glass tower uses just half the power of similarly sized buildings and offers some of the best 360-degree views of the city—if you’re lucky enough to gain access to them. The site’s restaurant and bar, located on the 39th and 40th floors, are open only to tenants and their guests.Designed by renowned architect Sir Norman Foster, the eco-friendly glass tower uses just half the power of similarly sized buildings and offers some of the best 360-degree views of the city—if you’re lucky enough to gain access to them. The site’s restaurant and bar, located on the 39th and 40th floors, are open only to tenants and their guests.

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