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The City - Architecture

Entwined in history

The City of London boasts some of the world's most iconic modern architecture. Probably the most famous is the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), designed by Norman Foster in 2003, but there are many other fantastic buildings to see here too. From Europe’s tallest skyscraper, the Shard, to the iconic Tower 42 (both have restaurants from which to enjoy incredible views) architecture fans won't be disappointed - and there are more ambitious structures currently being built. See the listings below for modern buildings you won't want to miss on your visit.

The City of London have produced a fantastic set of self-guided walking tour that can be downloaded HERE

The Shard: The View from The Shard is the premium visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, and London’s newest landmark

20 Fenchurch St : The 36-floor ‘walkie talkie’, as it has been affectionately named, contains two sky gardens, one with botanical gardens and a 360 degree panorama.

30 St Mary Axe/Gherkin: The distinctive ‘Gherkin’ is a landmark of the London skyline winning the Stirling Prize and London Region Award, RIBA 2004. The beautiful curves contrast with the vertical lines of nearby towers.

Heron Tower: This 46-storey building stretches 230m into the skyline. The tower is the tallest in the City and provides 36 storeys of office space with a restaurant and Skybar on levels 38-40.

Leadenhall building/Cheese-grater: The glass façade reveals the building’s steel bracings while its ladder frame emphasises the sharp, vertical appearance of the tower. At the base is a 30m high atrium forming an enclosed public space with shops, cafes and restaurants.

Lloyd's Building: An extraordinary machine-like structure, its central block of offices is hidden by a collection of services attached to the outside of the building. These steel pipes, ducts and towers protrude and snake dramatically around the building.

One London Wall: Mainly occupied by international law and finance firms, this 13-storey structure sweeps dramatically at its northern end where London Wall curves into Aldersgate St. The 6th and 10th floors open out onto terraces, offering panoramic views of the City.

Unilever House: This Grade II listed building appears tiered, like a giant stone cake. The heavily rusticated ground floor projects strikingly, while above a colonnade of 16 unfluted Ionic columns are bookended by sculptures of giant figures restraining horses by Sir William Reid Dick.