Exclusive Hire of HELIX & IRIS at Searcys at The Gherkin

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30 St Mary Axe, City of London, London, EC3A 8EP
Aldgate Station (400 yd)

About this space

The top two floors of this world-renowned building are one of the most iconic spaces in London to host your upcoming event. The glass dome at the top of The Gherkin along with 360-degree views of London provide an unforgettable setting for corporate events, parties, weddings and private events.

Facing west on level 39 of The Gherkin is the Helix Restaurant, capturing arguably London's most beautiful sunsets. Once guests climb the sleek granite staircase to level 40, the Iris Bar opens up to not only offer panoramic City views but a glass overhead dome.

Helix and Iris can be hired exclusively and are ideal for business breakfasts, private parties and weddings for up to 260 guests.


Event offers and packages

Package per person

BREAKFAST PACKAGE ONE
A package of £75.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 from 07:30-10:30
• Continental Breakfast
• 3 hours of unlimited tea coffee, orange juice and water
• Basic AV package

BREAKFAST PACKAGE TWO
A package of £95.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 from 07:30-10:30
• Full English Breakfast
• 3 hours of unlimited tea coffee, orange juice and water
• A glass of Searcys Cuvee per guest
• Basic AV package

RECEPTION PACKAGE ONE
A package of £105.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 from 18:30-23:00
• Arrival cocktail
• A selection of canapes
• A selection of bowl food
• 2 hours of unlimited house wine, bottled beer and soft drinks

RECEPTION PACKAGE TWO
A package of £135.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of the level 39 and 40 from 18:30-23:00
• Arrival cocktail and nibbles
• A selection of canapes
• A selection of bowl food
• 1 x Food station
• 2 hours of unlimited house wine, bottled beer and soft drinks
• DJ

RECEPTION PACKAGE THREE
A package of £159.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 and 40 from 18:30-23:00
• Arrival cocktail and nibbles
• A selection of canapes
• A selection of bowl food
• 2 xFood stations
• 3 hours of unlimited house wine, bottled beer and soft drinks
• DJ

DINNER PACKAGE ONE
A package of £190.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 and 40 from 18:30-23:00
• Arrival cocktail
• A selection of canapes
• Three-course dinner with tea, coffee and petit fours
• ½ bottle of house wine
• Water

DINNER PACKAGE TWO
A package of £230.00 per person plus VAT
• Exclusive hire of level 39 and 40 from 18:30-23:00
• Arrival cocktail and nibbles
• A selection of canapes
• Three-course dinner with cheeseboard course
• Coffee, tea and petit fours
• ½ bottle of house wine
• Water
• DJ

Minimum numbers apply.

Christmas Party Offers

£11000 hire fee
+ £14000 min. spend
Make the sparkling lights of London the backdrop to your Christmas party as you celebrate at the very top of The Gherkin.

Please kindly note our prices do not include VAT. Room hire for all packages is quoted separately.
Estimated prices for our festive season below:
- Monday-Tuesday
Minimum spend on Food and Beverage – £14,000.00 + VAT
Room Hire - £11,000.00 + VAT
- Wednesday
Minimum spend on Food and Beverage – £18,000.00 + VAT
Room Hire - £11,000.00 + VAT
- Thursday-Friday
Minimum spend on Food and Beverage – £19,000.00 + VAT
Room Hire - £12,000.00 + VAT

Do not hesitate to reach out for more details and we will be happy to assist in organizing a magical event for you during upcoming festive season!
Christmas Party Reception Packages
£105 per person
Options to choose from:

SILVER £105 + VAT
- Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks for two hours
- Selection of canapes (3 per guest)
- Selection of bowl food (2 per guest)
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities

GOLD £140 + VAT
- Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks for three hours
- Glass of Searcys English Sparkling
- Wine
- Nibbles
- Selection of canapes (4 per guest)
- Selection of bowl food (3 per guest)
- Food platter station
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities

PLATINUM £180 + VAT
- Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks for three hours
- One hour Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne and nibbles reception
- Selection of canapes (6 per guest including 1 sweet)
- Selection of bowl food (3 per guest)
- Food platter station
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities
Christmas Dining Packages
£125 per person
Minimum numbers 80 guests.
Maximum numbers 130 guests.

Options to choose from:

SILVER £125 + VAT
- Searcys English Sparkling Wine reception
- Selection of canapes (2 per guest)
- Three-course festive meal
- Tea, coffee, petit fours
- Half a bottle of sommelier selected wine per guest
- Half a bottle of water per guest
- Christmas crackers
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities

GOLD £145 + VAT
- Festive cocktail reception
- Selection of canapes (3 per guest)
- Glass of Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne
- Three-course festive meal
- Tea, coffee, petit fours
- Cheese course
- Half a bottle of sommelier selected wine per guest
- Half a bottle of water per guest
- Christmas crackers
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities

PLATINUM £180 + VAT
- One hour Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne and nibbles reception
- Selection of canapes (4 per guest)
- Three-course festive meal
- Tea, coffee, petit fours
- Cheese course
- Half a bottle of sommelier selected premium wine per guest
- Half a bottle of water per guest
- Espresso martini and mince pies
- Christmas crackers
- Dedicated Event Manager
- Staff, security and cloakroom facilities

Wedding Offers

Start your lifelong journey together among spectacular views of London at this iconic London landmark.

The top floors of The Gherkin are a setting fit for the most memorable occasions. Whether you are looking for the most fanciful of ceremonies or a more intimate moment for you and your family, The Gherkin's sky-high spaces allow for just the type of celebration you have always imagined.

Host a seated dinner for 140 guests, a smaller gathering for up to 50 guests or a sophisticated cocktail reception for 260 guests.
Wedding Package
£255 per person
Priced at £255 +VAT per guest

I N C L U D E S :
• Exclusive hire of Helix and Iris (level 39 and 40) from 2pm-11pm
• Two glasses of sparkling wine on arrival
• 5 canapés per person three course meal followed by coffee and petit fours
• A champagne toast (soft alternative available)
• Half a bottle of house wine per person
• Half a bottle of mineral water per person
• Event management, staff and security
• Complimentary menu tasting for wedding couple

Minimum numbers: 80
Maximum numbers for Ceremony: 130
Maximum numbers for Evening Reception: 260

Meeting Offers

Whether you are looking to host a breakfast meeting, networking event, a morning with your keynote speakers or need to amaze your clients, come and watch the sunrise over the City of London with our Business Breakfast Package available on the top floor of The Gherkin. With panoramic views so magnificent, you will be guaranteed to impress your guests.
Meeting Package
£99 per person
Exclusive hire of a private dining room from 12:00-16:30
Arrival cocktail or glass of prosecco
Three-course seated lunch
½ bottle of wine per guest
Water

*Price excludes VAT
*Minimum numbers apply

Prices

Monday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Tuesday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Wednesday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Thursday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Friday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Saturday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.
Sunday
7:30 – 23:00
from £90 per person
Per evening
18:30 – 23:00
from £20000 hire fee
Per morning
7:30 – 10:30
from £90 per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 23:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
Prices include VAT. Timing Extensions available. Minimum numbers apply.

Capacity

Standing
up to 160
Dining
up to 130
Theatre
up to 130
Cabaret
up to 70

Catering and drinks

In-house catering
Approved caterers only
External catering not allowed
Venue provides alcohol
BYO alcohol not allowed

Facilities

Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Natural light
Projector
Flatscreen TV
Whiteboard
Flipchart
PA system / speakers
Conference call facilities
Storage space
Quiet space
Accommodation available
Parking available

Music & sound equipment

Own music allowed
Bring your own DJ
Noise restrictions

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible
Lift to all floors

Rules of the space

Allowed events

Promoted and ticketed events
Wedding licence
Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Host rules

We suggest working from our recommended suppliers list which includes a fantastic range of entertainment, photographers, AV and technical equipment suppliers and production. External suppliers (ie florists/ av/ musicians) are subject to a supplier fee.

External catering is not permitted.

Cancellation policy: Standard 60 day

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Reviews and ratings

(75 reviews and ratings - )

K
Kasia
November 2018

Fantastic views, great service, beautiful venue

C
Colette K.
May 2018

The staff were very attentive and helpful The views and venue were exceptional Very professional

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E
Edvin F.
April 2023

Did not book but communication was quite efficient, even tho the room presented wasn't the venue we asked for I think and also took a while to get an answer the last round about.

T
Tiffany A.
November 2022

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There are few spots on the London landscape as striking as our special venue. Pair high-end design with vintage cuvees and contemporary cooking, all while enjoying panoramic views from the top three levels of one of London's most iconic skyscrapers.

The top two floors of this breathtaking venue can be hired exclusively for breakfast conferences, celebratory dining and evening receptions. The exclusive hire of Helix and Iris is ideal for events up to 260 guests.

For smaller and more intimate events, the five private dining rooms on level 38 offer unforgettable views of the London skyline. Designed with flexibility in mind, the cloud-inspired rooms can be booked individually or can be combined to fit your occasion. The private dining rooms are ideal for targetted conferences, meetings, networking and dinners for up to 60, whilst whole floor bookings allow for events up to 130 guests.

Events at the venue are lavishly catered for with bespoke breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that bring to life passion for British produce and seasonality.


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