Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

Price guide: Expensive

8th Floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Price guide: Expensive

The brasserie by day

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#100 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.1
3.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Sightseeing

Expert review of Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

Lovely views over the Thames and a cool new bar on the eighth floor of a London landmark.

There’s no doubt this place divides opinion: various friends would mark it number one for a special occasion yet in the annual survey for Harden’s London restaurant guide it is once again named as the restaurant with the most overpriced and disappointing cooking. However, there are three distinct components to this venue, which was as the name suggests the former home of Oxo stock cubes. I’ve always found the cheaper brasserie more appealing than the fine dining restaurant and given the brand new Shaun Clarkson-designed bar between them can be visited in its own right, there’s no reason not to pop by.

Food and drink: 

The brasserie’s open-plan kitchen produces a sunny Mediterranean-influenced menu of dishes such as seared hot-smoked salmon with goats’ curd, crispy fennel salami, beetroot carpaccio, snow pea cress and salsa verde. Food in the restaurant is best described as modern British: you’ll see the occasional use of gnocchi and gremolata, but also premium meats from Buccleuch Estate and poshed-up traditional dishes such as shepherd’s pie and suet pudding. In the bar, the river history-inspired drinks list is terrific fun and there’s food (supplied by the brasserie) including steak sandwiches, salads, sharing plates and gourmet snacks.

Ambience: 

High ceilings and plenty of windows make it an airy, cheerful spot even on a grey day. They’ve successfully achieved a modern cruise liner feel and in summer there are al fresco tables available (if you can nab one). As might be expected, the brasserie bustles cheerfully while the restaurant is a little more sedate.

Service: 

Tends to be very good.

Location: 

On the Southbank, a short walk from the Royal Festival Hall.

Price advice: 

You do pay a premium for the view. Visit in the lunch, pre- or post-theatre time slot for the cheapest menus: £21.50 for two courses in the brasserie. Otherwise expect to pay at least £40 for a meal in the brasserie, and £50 in the restaurant.

Other useful branches: 

Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie is part of the Harvey Nichols group of restaurants, which includes the eateries in Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge department store as well as Prism restaurant and bar in the City – see website for details.

More information on Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
British, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
8th Floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH
Telephone:
020 7803 3888
Website:
http://www.harveynichols.com/restaurants/oxo-tower-london
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Brasserie Mon-Sat noon-3.15pm, 5.30-11pm; Sun noon-3.45pm, 6-10.15pm. Restaurant Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm. Bar Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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