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.
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.
Tends to be very good.
On the Southbank, a short walk from the Royal Festival Hall.
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.
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.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Design and architecture