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30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

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Address: 30 St. Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, England
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Dinner at Chivas dining room in the gherkin

If you want to book a memorable evening for a group of 15 or so folks then dinner in the Chivas dining room at the top of the Gherkin is highly recommended. A panoramic viewing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to book a memorable evening for a group of 15 or so folks then dinner in the Chivas dining room at the top of the Gherkin is highly recommended. A panoramic viewing platform and the a private dining room made this a really standout way to see London. The shard will get plenty more traffic because of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an interesting example of contemporary architecture and it is impressive if you like modern buildings and is in stark contrast to many others around. It was close by where we were staying and the opportunity to get up close and it is interesting.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely building and makes a nice photo especially in the night sky. We did not up this time due to time constraints.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love this building, than it was so nice to see it on my own eyes. It is nice during day and night - also. Better to make some photos. You have a possibility to go to the top of the building to the restaurant, than try it. We, rather, went to the Shard, to the top, because it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Spectacular from the outside and from the inside as well. Unfortunately it is not open to the public. I work for one of the offices inside and so have the pleasure of being able to enjoy the architecture and the view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was lucky enough to attend a corporate birthday party here. Everything about the evening was pretty amazing. There was a drinks reception on the mezzanine level before going to the top of the Gherkin for dinner. London at night really is quite beautiful. The food, especially given there were 130ish at service, was excellent and the staff incredibly attentive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This is now such an iconic building that one can see across London and looks so great up close that it just gleams in the sunlight So many people thought that this was an eyesore when it was first built but it is an exceptional piece of architecture without a doubt Go up close and take as many photos as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Had a breakfast meeting here. In the business lounge just beneath the top floor restaurant. Excellent coffee and bacon roll. Freshly squeezed orange juice. Very tasty. The view is magnificent. Have also had lunch in the main restaurant with its 360 degrees view. Menu very well priced.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

If one wants to see the building from outside, then do so; however, the best views of the building are from a distance and normally from a height such as from the Shard and Sky Garden (20 Fenchurch Street) observation decks or at the top of the Great Fire of London monument.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The venue itself is in a spectacular location. I went to a party there which was brilliant but the building doesn't have very good accoustics for music or a live band. The food was ok. The staff were very helpful.

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