If you’re looking for somewhere special for a luxurious afternoon tea, then you should look no further than the iconic Oxo Tower at London’s South Bank. With breath-taking river views, a great historical significance, indulgent cakes and sandwiches and, we believe, the best cup of tea in London – the OXO Tower is certainly one for any tea-lover’s bucket list.
Creation of an iconic venue
Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning landmark and home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, bars, exhibition venues and the rooftop OXO restaurant, bar and brasserie. Since opening in 1996, the cocktail bar, lively brasserie and restaurant have proved a dazzling success offering guests a fantastic dining experience alongside stunning views across the Thames, taking in Charing Cross, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.
The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is located on the eighth floor of the iconic OXO Tower building on London’s South Bank and offers a proudly British dining experience, using the finest ingredients to create an innovative menu that celebrates modern British cuisine. The iconic location makes it the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed lunch, afternoon tea, a cocktail after work or an indulgent dinner, surrounded by breathtaking views of London’s dazzling skyline.
OXO Tower Wharf History
In the late 1920s the riverside site was purchased by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company who demolished much of the existing building but extended its riverside frontage. The company made the famous OXO beef cube and its architect, Albert Moore, incorporated the design as windows on a tower to get around a ban on skyline advertising!
Serving the Most British Tea in History
Tregothnan has been working closely with OXO Tower for the last two years, supplying our homegrown tea for their truly British afternoon tea service. Blends available include Classic Tea, Afternoon Tea, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint and Red Berry. The chefs at OXO are dedicated to honouring some of our brilliant British producers.
The Mouth-Watering Menu
The menu includes a variety of classic sandwiches, such as Wiltshire ham and mustard and cheese and chutney, and twists on classics, with smoked salmon on black rye bread and cucumber and anchovy on beetroot bread. Sandwiches are followed by traditional British bites: mini Yorkshire puddings, braised beef, horseradish cream and watercress; Dorset crab and choux buns; Severn & Wye smoked salmon with Scotch quail eggs; and potted crayfish. To finish, tuck into homemade scones, preserves and clotted cream; raspberry and elderflower possets; strawberry and lemon Verbena tarts and Valrhona Biskelia truffles.
Not Afternoon Tea
OXO also have an unconventional option with their twist on the classic afternoon tea – their ‘Not Afternoon Tea’ plates. Each plate has a unique theme and features desserts made with the best produce of the season. They’re also each paired with a dreamy cocktail to send you to Not Afternoon Tea heaven. Why not try this at home with a tea cocktail afternoon tea of your very own? Just click on our recipes page to try one of our tea cocktail recipes.
In the Restaurant, a traditional afternoon tea is available Monday to Friday 3pm – 4.30pm, Saturday 3pm – 4pm and Sunday 3.45pm – 4.45pm. The Afternoon Tea experience is £35 per person, or £45 person with a glass of OXO’s own-label Champagne, and £16 for children. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available on request.
Community Project Initiatives
OXO is a proud supporter of the local community and has participated in many initiatives, such as Streetsmart and Earth Hour, and the restaurant has a Three Star Sustainability Champion status from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is part of the Harvey Nichols group.
For more information, please visit www.oxotowerrestaurant.com.
For reservations, please call 0207 803 3888 or email [email protected].