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​The City of London is home to some of the world's most striking modern architecture. Probably the most renowned is the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), designed by Norman Foster in 2003 and now famous the world over, but there are many other fantastic buildings to see here too. From the City's tallest skyscraper, the Heron Tower, to the iconic Tower 42 (both which have restaurants from which to enjoy fabulous 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.

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  1. 10 Gresham St 10 Gresham St
    Winner of the Civic Trust Award 2004, this eight-storey structure extends below ground level bringing daylight down into the basement floors. The architects have heightened this sense of light and space by glazing the lifts and lobbies so as to refract sunlight around the circulation spaces. 24,115m², Foster + Partners, 2003. EC2V 7JD.
  2. 10 Queen Place 10 Queen St Place
    This 80s office building at the north end of Southwark Bridge is home to legal firm SJ Berwin. A double-height entrance lobby and a series of atria allow light deep into the structure while the 2,000m² roof terrace offers spectacular views over the river. Winner of the BCO Award 2006. 207,000m² John Robertson Architects, 2006. EC4R 1BE.
  3. 20 Fenchurch St 20 Fenchurch St
    The 36-floor ‘walkie talkie’, as it has been dubbed, features two sky gardens, one with botanical gardens and a 360 degree panorama. The top-heavy building is said to have been designed partly to cash in on the higher rents commanded by top floors. 64,000m²/155m, Rafael Viñoly, (expected) 2014. EC3P 3DP
  4. 20 Gracechurch St 20 Gracechurch St
    A former home of Barclays Bank, this prominent 30s-inspired building on the corner of two City streets rises up in distinctive curves, with a tall central tower. Refurbishment in 2009 by ORMS saw the addition of a four-storey stone facade, courtyard and retail space. 25,207m², GMW architects, 1992. EC3P 3AH.
  5. 20 Gresham St 20 Gresham St
    This new building stands in a prime City location opposite the Guildhall and features a dramatic double height space lobby with a sculpted travertine wall and an imposing curved facade. 32,000m², Kohn Pedersen Fox, 2008. EC2V 7JE.
  6. Gherkin 30 St Mary Axe/Gherkin
    The distinctive ‘gherkin’ has become a landmark of the London skyline winning the Stirling Prize and London Region Award, RIBA 2004. Its unusual shape contrasts with the vertical lines of nearby towers though, surprisingly, it has only one piece of curved glass - the lens at the top. 2,000m²/180m, Foster + Partners, 2004. EC3A 8BF.
  7. 5 Broadgate 5 Broadgate
    Designed by Make Architects, this 13-storey ‘groundscaper’ is not only functional but is an ambitious and visually innovative design, and has become a catalyst for further regeneration of the Broadgate area. The bold design is based on the form of a perfectly machined metal object, a look that has meant 5 Broadgate is one of the largest stainless steel-clad buildings in the world.
  8. Can of Ham 60-70 St Mary Axe
    A distinctive new 24-storey office development referred to as the ‘Can of Ham’ will join the cluster of towers in 2018. Designed by Foggo Associates Architects, the building will provide flexible, modern office space organised around a central core. The development will incorporate retail accommodation and public space at ground level. The design features a number of energy-saving measures, including shading fins on the curved façades, glazed double-wall cladding and borehole thermal energy storage.
  9. 88 Wood St 88 Wood St
    This 2000 RIBA award winner is the second Richard Rogers building in the City. Echoing his 1970s collaboration, Paris' Pompidou Centre, it is notable for its bright yellow pipes and exterior lift shafts. 33,000m², Richard Rogers Partnership, 1998. EC2V 7DA.
  10. Barbican complex - High Tower Barbican Complex
    Built on Blitz ruins, this Grade II listed complex is now recognised as a modern classic of brutalist architecture. A paean to ‘utopian living’, mixed towers and terrace blocks, many raised on columns, overlook lakes and lawns and a maze of highwalks. 160,000 m2/123m, Chamberlin Powell and Bon, 1965-1976. EC2Y 8DS
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