30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London

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  • Fabulous evening with friends. Views amazing. Food was ok nothing spectacular. Small portions and expensive. Cocktails really lovely but again over priced but I guess if you want the view you have to ...  more »
  • My friend and I were celebrating joint birthdays and had lunch in the Helix restaurant. It was truly fabulous with great service from Azwad and the team. The meal presentation was first class and the ...  more »
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  • The view is worth two stars. The restaurant however, is very underwhelming in both style and food. No atmosphere, no music, no buzz. Service? The waiter immediately offers you the a la carte menu, suggesting it to be 'the menu'. Only after asking for other options are you offered a fixed price menu. £45 for three courses and a drink per head appears to be a reasonable deal until you get to eat! Food is mediocre and such small portions as to be easily mistaken for a children's menu. Now we have The Shard, Sky Garden etc. this venue really needs to raise its game. The bar wasn't much better. Disinterested staff, cold coffee that was far too strong and no biscuit! Little things matter. I'll try this venue again in 6 months and see if it was simply a bad day.
  • The construction of the renowned English architect Norman Foster of 2004, shook the image of the city of London sustainable. The form quickly led to the nickname The Gherkin (Gherkin). It has long been naturalized in London to nick modern buildings with a nickname and thus to express the dry English humor. The nickname is not missed, the similarity with the type of vegetables is really given. It is an attractive building, if you look at it in isolation. The 180 m high skyscraper has 41 floors, so a voluminous construction. The structure of twisted helical strands, cylindrical steel spirals that wind around the mantle of a cylinder at a constant pitch, made this shape possible. The designers emphasize the sustainability and energy efficiency given in the building. The office space was ring-shaped, giving them their own characteristics. With atria up to six meters high, it allows natural-like ventilation, so that the air conditioning system regulates only in extreme weather conditions. The façade, set in glass, runs parallel to the structure with stained glass, creating a picture of streaks that are neutralized in the dome. In the financial district, modern buildings are increasingly gaining in popularity, yet there are still many older buildings in existence, such as T. Victorian-looking, so that architectural stark contrasts show. The boom to a modern district has started inexorably, but it is necessary to check what is worth protecting and architecturally wearable with fitting care. A juxtaposition is possible, but this will be well considered. This construction still creates a cleavage from an aesthetic point of view, but it must be clear what changes will be made in the future. Viewed in isolation, the building is a manifesto that is truly remarkable.
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