'The Gherkin' © British Tours Ltd. Panoramic photography by Jason Doll-Steinberg

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With its conical shape and stunning exterior of harlequin-patterned glass, 30 St Mary Axe or The Gherkin as it is commonly referred to by Londoners, is one of the most distinctive buildings on London's skyline.Designed by Norman Foster, the Gherkin has been described as 'structurally and aesthetically one of the most innovative skyscrapers ever built'.