How London's skyscrapers got their nicknames
London is quite an eccentric city, so it comes to no surprise that their skyscrapers have some cheeky and unique nicknames!
Here are some of our favourites:
Real name: 30 St Mary Axe
Informally known as the Gherkin, the commercial skyscraper is located in London’s primary financial district. It is one of the most iconic symbols of London and showcases contemporary architectures. The nickname is an ode to its cylindrical profile and appearance. Legend has it that The Guardian first used the term to describe early incarnations of the tower in 1996.
Real name: 122 Leadenhall Street
The Cheesegrater is a 225 m tall building, located close to the Gherkin. Completed in 2013, the building received its nickname due to its sloped profile and cross-hatched façade.
The Sonic Screwdriver
Real name: BT Tower
Once the tallest building in the UK, the BT Tower is owned by, as you probably already guessed, the BT group. A very strong look-alike of the sonic screwdriver used in the TV series Doctor Who.
The Walkie Talkie
Real name: 20 Fenchurch Street
The skyscraper made headlines for being able to melt cars, scorch bike seats and fry eggs. During certain hours, the sun was shining directly onto the building, which was acting like a concave mirror - a really death ray. The problem has now thankfully been fixed. It was however awarded the Carbuncle Cup for the worst new building in the UK in 2015.