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30 St Mary Axe, officially The Swiss Re Building, colloquially The Gherkin is one of the most prominent and tallest buildings in modern London, but it's proving difficult to find out for sure whether it has any public viewing platform or bar or restaurant accessible to the public, or any open days or such when an exception might be made to allow public viewing at certain special times.

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There is a private restaurant and bar but not just anyone can go there.

Is there any way for a normal member of the public to view London from this building?

The view that few are able to enjoy

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If you carry a .44 Magnum, sure, you can walk in. Not so sure about getting out though. –  Ankur Banerjee Oct 17 '11 at 10:43
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I did say normal member of the public, but normal for London may be a special case. (-: –  hippietrail Oct 17 '11 at 10:47
    
Thanks for the photo Mark, I meant to come back and add one. –  hippietrail Oct 17 '11 at 11:39
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Often there are charity events for climbing tall buildings. For £30 you could climb the Gherkin in April 2011 to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. I think they did a climb of it for child cancer last year (2010). that and the London open house are about your two best bets(short of getting a job there) londonopenhouse.org (not a sure bet but it has been opened in the past) –  Stuart Oct 17 '11 at 13:16
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@Stuart - agree with hippietrail, take your comment and turn it into an answer :) –  Mark Mayo Oct 19 '11 at 11:21
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Often there are charity events for climbing tall buildings.

For £30 you could climb the Gherkin in April 2011 to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

I think they did a climb of it for child cancer last year (2010).

That and the London open house are about your two best bets short of getting a job there)(not a sure bet but it has been opened in the past) .

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