High up on the eighth floor of the Oxo Tower, this fashion-conscious, brasserie-style eyrie offers the same great views as the posh restaurant next door, but prices are a fair bit cheaper and you can rub shoulders with the throngs of beautiful people in more convivial, easy-going surroundings. Whether you choose to sit inside the light-filled dining room with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls or manage to nab a prime spot on the terrace overlooking the Thames, you’re guaranteed the wow-factor that comes with elevated dining in the capital.
Unlike the Oxo Tower Restaurant menu, which is focussed on luxurious ingredients such as Iberico pork, langoustine and quail, the vibrant Brasserie menu ranges far and wide, picking up the likes of warm duck salad with mushroom paté, blood orange and grain mustard dressing, lemon and thyme corn-fed chicken breast with truffle mascarpone mash, curly kale, Morteau sausage and porcini gravy, and roasted lamb rump with marinated artichoke and pea purée. That’s not to say you can’t up the ante here with a 700g dry-aged côte de boeuf for two, but generally dishes are what you’d expect of an upmarket all-day dining eatery.
As well as Oxo Tower Brasserie’s all-day menu, you’ll also find a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, a children’s menu and one of several Oxo Tower afternoon tea menus available at the venue. For traditional afternoon tea, you’ll need to head to the restaurant, but if it’s something untraditional you’re craving, Oxo Tower Brasserie’s ‘Not Afternoon Tea’ (comprising a seasonal dessert plate paired with a bespoke cocktail) is sure to please.
Faultless service and the chance to dip into the neighbouring restaurant’s top-drawer wine list are undeniable plus points, while cool live jazz or mellow piano music adds extra sparkle in the evening. A solid choice for casual lunches, pre-theatre dining and everything in between.