Frequently asked questions


Where is the closest station?
You can find us located between Liverpool street, Bank or Aldgate East.

Are children permitted?
The Bar is limited to guests over the age of 18 and the restaurant is limited to guests over the age of 12.

Do I need to bring ID?
Identification must be presented by each member of the party upon arrival at 30 St Mary Axe and the identification must match the name on the reservation. Access to Searcys at The Gherkin will not be given where the appropriate identification is unable to be provided. 

What are the security procedures?
Entry to Searcys at The Gherkin is conditional on security screening of all personal belongings. We may request guests to remove individual items (such as mobile phones, laptops/tablets, belts, shoes, coats and jackets) from their bags or that individual guests be scanned separately. Searcys at The Gherkin do not accept liability for any damage caused to any items during this process.

If I arrive early, where can I wait?
Guests arriving before their reservation time may not always be granted access to the bar and restaurant until their reservation time. Guests arriving early may not be permitted to wait in the entrance lobby of 30 St Mary Axe.


What sort of events do you host?
Our flexible spaces enable us to host a range of events from business lunches & boardroom meetings to weddings or to product launches.

What are the maximum numbers?
Our capacities for events fall between 2 – 260.Please review our brochure for more.

What do Searcys have?
Searcys are able to accommodate private and corporate events alongside offering a fine dining restaurant and bar located within the top 2 floors of the Gherkin.

What floor are you located on?
Private dining – Level 38
HELIX restaurant – Level 39
IRIS bar – Level 40
Exclusive event hire – Level 39 & 40

When can we book events?
You are able to book the private dining & meeting rooms in sessions throughout the week.
Private hire of Helix and Iris would be available Monday – Thursday evening for breakfast and evening slots, alongside all day weekend hire. 

What is your style of catering?
We offer innovative, contemporary dishes, created with precision and distinctly British execution.

 How much is venue hire?
Venue hire varies on the space you wish to hire.
Kindly contact your bespoke quotation.

Do you offer a day delegate rate?
We have a fantastic day delegate rate within our private dining rooms available for up to 60 guests.
Kindly contact know more or download our day delegate packages 

Can I get married at the Gherkin?
We are delighted to hold a wedding licence for civil ceremonies across the year. We have a fantastic range of packages available to suit your requirements, kindly contact call 0330 107 0816

 Do you offer a charity discount?
We are proud to offer registered charities a 10% discount on the venue hire.

How late can events run and can they be extended?
Standard venue hire runs up to 23.00, however we are able to offer a late extension to 03.00am at an additional venue hire fee.

I’m scouting for a filming location, is it possible to use the Gherkin?
Filming requests are managed on a day to day basis. Please contact information on your filming request and we would be delighted to assist.

We have an approved list of suppliers for which we request all bookings to use for entertainment, production and audio visual etc.

Do you offer kosher/halal catering?
Whilst we are able to source halal meat and offer kosher friendly catering, advance warning is required.
Alternatively, we have dry hire options available on a Sunday with our partners, Passage to India and Food Story Catering