London’s OXO Tower was very nearly demolished in the 1970s.
Thankfully, people put a lot of stock in it.
Instead it was salvaged, redeveloped, and polished up to become one of the most iconic buildings along the Thames. And for the last 20 years, it’s been an iconic place to eat, too.
Perched on the 8th floor of the building, right at the base of the tower itself, is the Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie – three distinct spaces each offering stunning views of St. Paul’s and the skyline across the river.
A stone’s throw from the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern, it’s always a good place to have up your sleeve for a pre-theatre or exhibition bev. But with a 250-foot outdoor terrace spanning the length of the building, it’s worth a visit in its own right, too.
The most casual space, the brasserie, is open from breakfast through to dinner, serving a simple modern British menu with showstopper mains of lamb rump and spatchcock chicken scorched on the Josper grill. Accompanying the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows is a daily line-up of live music, from lunchtime jazz at weekends to folk, samba and swing every night of the week.
For special occasions there’s the Oxo Tower Restaurant, with crisp tablecloths and a fine dining menu from head chef Jeremy Bloor, who’s been cooking here for a decade (and who correctly identifies the waffle maker as his most important piece of kitchen equipment). Plump for the elaborate seven-course tasting menu, or pick from starters like truffle burrata and anise pear tart or blackberry & wood pigeon gyoza; mains like 28-day dry-aged Chateaubriand to share, and hand-dived scallops with heritage roasted beetroot; and meal-toppers like spiced pumpkin cheesecake, or the simply-named ‘chocolate plate’. It’s also here that they serve a (frankly outrageous) afternoon tea on weekends, stacked with numbers like the black pig ham and gruyère toastie, Dorset crab on sweet potato waffle, and Calvados mille-feuille.
Nestled between the two dining areas is the bar, where you can score cocktails like the Gothic Manhattan (whisky, vermouth and bitters with a black liquorice rinse), Original Sin (vodka, crème de pêche and nettle cordial) and the OXO Classic Champagne Cocktail, with cognac, vanilla, Champagne…
…and no OXO cubes.
NOTE: The Oxo Tower Restaurant, Brasserie and Bar are all open daily. Tables on the terrace are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so you might want to book an early slot to maximise your chances. You can find and more, and book a table, HERE.
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie | Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
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