Mark Mason

The secrets of London by postcode: EC (East Central)

A giant grasshopper, the home of the toothbrush and a corner that belonged to Cambridgeshire

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The south-west tower of St Paul's Cathedral is topped with a golden pineapple [iStock]

Golden pineapples, hotel rooms named after spies and the only curved piece of glass in the Gherkin – yes, it’s EC, the second in our series looking at the quirky history of London postcode areas. Step this way for some Square Mile trivia…

  • There is only one curved piece of glass in the Gherkin – all the others are completely flat, the building’s famous shape achieved by the angles at which the panes are joined.

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