[dropcap]A[/dropcap] couple of months ago, I took advantage of a meal deal for the Brasserie at the Oxo Tower- 3 courses and a cocktail for £30 per person. In my eyes, the Oxo Tower is a bit of a London icon. The building was in Love Actually (when Andrew Lincoln’s character storms out of his warehouse flat to stare pensively at the river) and in Thor (when Natalie Portman was on a disastrous date). Overlooking the Thames, you can see the London landscape from the 8th floor restaurant and bar. We walked the scenic route from Blackfriars tube station so that we could walk over the bridge.
The lift to the restaurant is just by Cafe Nero at the back of the building. Once you zip up to the top, the reception desk will have someone take you to your table. I did notice when we arrived that they called my reservation the Sunset table as they exchanged a couple of glances with each other. Sounds good, no? NO. I had the sun glaring in my face, slowly lasering my eyeball throughout dinner. The amazing view did make up for it though!
Brilliant views, right?! Onto dinner…
The deal was a preset menu. For starters I had gazpacho with a drizzle of olive oil, served with a crispy breadstick and cheese. Duck confit with puy lentils was my main meal and I had a side order of steamed tender stem broccoli. Dessert was Carameli mousse with peanut cream and banana cake, and Robin had a very decadent looking Eton Mess. The food was okay- I know! It looked well presented but my duck was a little bit bland. The banana cake in my dessert was pretty tasty though- really thick with chunks of banana in it.
By the time we finished dinner, it was Golden Hour- that time just before sunset when everything is bathed in golden light. We watched the boats go past on the river and peeked down at people walking along the Southbank just as the live jazz band in the restaurant started to play. We walked the back streets towards Waterloo, strolling past the ITV studios and the Royal Festival Hall. I would definitely return to the bar at the Oxo Tower to enjoy the view up high with a drink- it’s definitely worth a visit to the restaurant to check it off the London To Do list.