Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie and Gherkin – names of the skyscrapers in the City of London, UK

London, UK, images; view from Tower Bridge

City of London, skyline, buildings, skyscrapers, names, skyline explained

The City of London skyline viewed from the east (Tower Bridge)
The City of London skyline viewed from Tower Bridge

From left to right:

20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” since its shape reminds of the much smaller communication device: 37 storeys, its height is 160m

• 122 Leadenhall Street, The Leadenhall Building, nicknamed the “Cheese Grater” because of its shape: 47 storeys, 224m tall

• 30 St Mary Axe (the Swiss Re Building), nicknamed the “Gherkin” due to its appearance: 41 storeys, 180m high

Other tall buildings:

Heron Tower, 230m • Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 183m • Bishopsgate Tower, 288m – begun in 2008 • Lloyd’s Building, 95m

The City of London skyline viewed from London Bridge
The City of London skyline viewed from London Bridge

Giants’ line up: London skyscrapers viewed from Waterloo Bridge

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