The Owl

Foxlow, 15-19 Bedford Hill , London, SW12 9EX

SquareMeal Review of The Owl

The Owl might as well have been called The Cuckoo, as its nest is a largely unmodified retread of its predecessor: the basement bar of Balham brasserie Harrison’s. Now part of Hawksmoor offshoot, Foxlow, the venue remains a cosy prospect with its black leather booths and warm wood cladding – like a New York-style neighbourhood late-night haunt. As at all Hawksmoor bars, cocktails are reliably pukka, and always interesting. La Pomme Qui Rit (Calvados, peach, pear, porter and Pont l’Evêque cheese, served straight up) and Nice Shoes (a twist on Sangria that adds fruits and red and white wines to brandy) appear on a seasonally adjusted list alongside Hawksmoor old faithfuls such as Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (gin, ginger, lemon and London Pride) served in a tankard. Kabanos, nuts and olives aside, no dishes from Foxlow’s menu are available downstairs – inconvenient and not, perhaps, The Owl’s wisest decision.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Balham Station 172m

Balham Tube Station 172m


Address: Foxlow, 15-19 Bedford Hill , London SW12 9EX

Area: Balham

Opening times

Wed- Thur 6pm-12am Fri-Sat 6pm-1am Sun 6-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Wandsworth Common 858m

H.M. Prison Wandsworth 2km


Telephone: 020 7680 2700


Cuisine: International

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