The Gherkin

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30, Saint Mary Axe, England, EC3A 8BF, United Kingdom

The Gherkin London Events

The Gherkin is not only one of London’s most recognisable skyscrapers in the city’s financial district, but it has also garnered fame for its contemporary architecture. Standing tall at 180 metres, the building boasts a unique mix of event and dining spaces on its top three floors (floors 38-40).

What makes this building an outstanding choice of venue for weddings, corporate events, or casual parties are the spectacular views of the city, through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.  So whether it’s a summer soiree or office Christmas party; wedding reception, birthday party or a breakfast event – The Gherkin offers an unforgettable experience. 

Located on level 39 is Helix Restaurant renowned for its contemporary British dishes. On level 40 is Iris Bar offering guests a fantastic assortment of cocktails as well as a 360-degree view of the city thanks to its overhead glass dome


Highlights of The Gherkin London Events:

  • 360-degree views of London from Level 40
  • Thought-provoking architecture in London’s financial district
  • Flexible event spaces over three floors
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sophisticated interiors
  • Late license till 3am available
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standing Up to 260 Standing
dining Up to 140 Dining
theatre Up to 140 Theatre
cabaret Up to 70 Cabaret


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces N/A
Nearby Car Parking
Carpark Locations

Catering Options  3rd Party Catering
 In-house Catering
Dry Hire
  In-house Catering & Dry Hire
Cuisine Options  Buffet
 Sit Down
 Food Stations
 Shared Platters

Spaces At This Venue

The Gherkin Private Dining, Restaurant Level 39

Levels 39+40 - Helix & Iris

Helix restaurant on Level 39 of The Gherkin is famed for its contemporary British menus and panoramic city views. When combined with Iris Bar on Level 40, together they present stunning opportunities for events like wedding receptions and seated dinners for a maximum of 260 and 140 guests respectively. Natural light floods both levels during the day lending a fresh, contemporary vibe. After sundown and as the rest of the city lights up, the space assumes a more dramatic character.

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Level 40 - Iris Bar

The Iris Bar on Level 40 of The Gherkin is the ultimate cocktail bar. Count on the bar’s mixologists to whip up delicious cocktails using fresh ingredients and fine liquors as you enjoy a 360-degree view of London. The expansive bar with a domed glass ceiling can be hired exclusively for corporate events, seasonal parties, wedding receptions or even award evenings. Iris Bar can also be hired semi-exclusively for a reception-style event with 70 guests.

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Level 38 - Private Event Spaces

On Level 38 are five smaller private dining rooms that can be hired individually, grouped in pairs, or even, as an entire takeover of all five depending on the size of your guest list. Named loftily after different cloud formations - Cirrus, Nimbus, Cumulus, Stratus and Alto - the rooms cater for a range of celebrations from board meetings, five-course feasts and Champagne brunches to intimate wedding dinners, Christmas dos and business breakfasts.


The location of The Gherkin

Nearby Hotels

  • Leonardo Royal London City
  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
  • The Ned
  • Andaz London Liverpool Street

Nearby Restaurants

  • Angler
  • Kitty Hawk
  • New Street Grill
  • The Ivy City Garden

Nearby Parks

  • Postman’s Park
  • Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
  • Altab Ali Park
  • Mint Street Park

Nearby Attractions

  • Tower of London
  • Spitalfields Market
  • Sky Garden
  • Tower Bridge

Venue Testimonials

Cocktails at sunset was beautiful! The drinks were tasty, the service was outstanding and the view was spectacular.

Pamela Hicks ·

Its the most Dynamic looking building in the London’s skyline […] iconic and simple beautiful! […] stands out visually from every angle.

Yamma Asif ·

Had our Xmas party here and the staff were fabulous and accommodating from get go.

Pippa Cox ·

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Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings at The Gherkin start at £215 per guest (excluding VAT) for a minimum of 80 guests.

The Gherkin London can organise small and large weddings. The private dining rooms on level 38 can accommodate between 8-50 guests in a seated capacity. Alternatively, levels 39 and 40 can be hired to host up to 260 guests for a reception-style event.

A wedding at The Gherkin can be customised to align with the couple’s needs and requests. The venue has a ceremony license, so couples could choose to plan their entire wedding day here or just book the place for an evening reception. Weddings here can be an intimate affair for 10 or a lavish party for 260 guests.

Yes, the Gherkin can host corporate functions ranging from board meeting brunches, presentations, product launches, conferences or office Christmas parties. 

Thanks to The Gherkin’s location in the city’s financial district, there are many hotels within close proximity for guests to pick and choose from. 

  • Leonardo Royal London City – Room prices from £149 per night
  • Four Seasons Hotel London – Room prices from £455 per night
  • The Ned – Room prices from £238 per night

Street parking is available around The Gherkin. Alternatively, park at the multi-storey car parks at Tower Hill, Middlesex Street & Buckle Street.

Modern British cooking is at the heart of all the menus at The Gherkin London. The ingredients are both responsibly sourced and sustainable. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

The Gherkin is a short drive from the City of London. It can also be easily reached via tube, train or bus. Aldgate and Fenchurch Street stations are a 3-minute walk while Liverpool Street and Bank stations are within a 5-minute walk from the building.


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