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The panoramic cityscape is a serious scene stealer, but there is plenty more going on at this unapologetically fancy set-up on the eighth floor of the Oxo Tower – even if the noise from the bar
causes some unwelcome irritation. Whether you eat in the Restaurant or the (slightly) more affordable and laid-back Brasserie, the view is guaranteed, service is ‘exceedingly knowledgeable’ and the
kitchen generally delivers the goods. Fine diners can expect a seasonally tweaked menu based on top-drawer ingredients – from Pernod-spiked Scottish langoustines with Jerusalem-artichoke purée and
sea purslane to Devon beef fillet embellished with girolles, Parmesan gnocchi and spiced golden-raisin purée. Meanwhile, the Brasserie promises plenty of exhilarating ideas for those who like their
tucker with strong global accents. Both venues have access to ‘hidden gems’ from the 800-strong wine list, and a stunning terrace does the job on sunny days.
We had previously been to the OXO Tower a couple of years back and never really made the effort to go back as the food was good but the atmosphere a little stifled and it does have the reputation of being fashionable a decade ago. Anyway we wanted to go for a nice meal on the Southbank and thought this would be an ideal location for the warm autumn evening. The famous OXO tower itself, is above the Harvey Nics restaurant and is out of view from diners...
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Interesting fact – The Oxo Tower’s illuminated signage comes from a time when advertisements visible from the Thames were not allowed, so ingeniously 3 windows on the tower were designed spelling out an O X & O.This is about the only London-related fact I’ve taken on board following the Thames River Boat cruise a few years ago and one I was eager to boast about to Friend K visiting from NZ upon arriving here for Afternoon Tea.Or as it’s referred to here – the Not Afternoon Tea...
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