ABOUT OXO TOWER
Harvey Nichols chose the South Bank as the spectacular location for its first standalone restaurant. The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie opened in September 1996.
The OXO Tower Wharf, originally built as a power station for the GPO, has housed many businesses over the years, but most notably it was home to the OXO cube in the 30’s. The landmark tower, which ‘subtly’ advertised the product in its art deco windows, was built to avoid an advertising ban imposed by the LCC.
Occupying 12,500 feet, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is situated on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower. The central tower acts as a natural focus, dividing the space into two equal halves. To the east lies the Restaurant, and to the West lies the Bar and Brasserie. Both spaces are linked by a spectacular 250-foot garden terrace, which offers some of the most breath-taking views of London.
The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie was designed by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson. The design incorporates sleek, natural materials but is influenced by the art deco style of the building and the presence of the Thames.
Do you have a dress code at OXO?
We don’t have a strict dress code at OXO. A lot of our guests come in smart casual clothing, but you’re welcome to dress as you feel comfortable.
What’s the difference between your venues?
We have three venues at OXO – a Restaurant, a Brasserie and a Bar. All three are on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, and they all have a terrace with stunning views across the Thames.
Our Restaurant is perfect for those guests looking for a particularly elegant and relaxed lunch or evening meal. The kitchen is overseen by head chef Jeremy Bloor, and his seasonal menu celebrates the very best British produce. The menu is also complemented by an extensive, award-winning wine list, which includes rare and exquisite bottles from some of the world’s top wine producers.
The Brasserie is our slightly livelier venue, which features live music Thursday to Sunday. It also benefits from an open kitchen so guests can enjoy watching the chefs – overseen by head chef Keir Barry – cooking dishes from our all day British dining menu.
Nestled between our two venues is the Bar, which is the ideal spot for a morning coffee or a delicious afternoon cocktail. The Bar also features a menu for those who need a little snack to go with that cocktail… or two.
Can I book a table outside?
Tables are allocated on arrival, so it’s not possible to book a specific table at OXO. We always try to accommodate requests from those guests who are particularly keen to sit on our terrace. If you would like to sit outside, then we would recommend booking for an early lunch or dinner slot, as you’re then more likely to get a table on the terrace.
Do you take bookings in the Bar?
Yes, you can book the Bar for drinks every day and evening except for Friday and Saturday nights when tables are allocated on arrival. If you’re a group of seven or more, then we would always advise booking to avoid disappointment – our Bar can get very busy at the weekends.
I’m celebrating – can I bring my own cake?
Congratulations! You’re welcome to bring your own cake to OXO so that you can blow out the candles; however, health and safety rules mean that we’re unable to serve the cake at the table (unfortunately, it’s a potential food poisoning risk). If you want to have your cake and eat it, then we’d suggest ordering one of our delicious chocolate cakes made by OXO’s head pastry chef. Chat to our reservations team for more info on 0207 803 3888.
Do you have a halal menu?
We do not have halal meat, but we have a wide range of fish and vegetarian options.
Do you offer vegetarian food?
We always have one vegetarian starter, main and dessert in both the Brasserie and Restaurant.
Do you have vegan food?
Yes – we always have a few dishes to appeal to vegan guests.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
Yes, within reason. Please call and chat to our reservations team, and we’ll do what we can to help you.
What is the closest Tube, and how long it takes to walk?
The closest Tubes are Blackfriars, Waterloo and Southwark – they’re each about a 10-minute walk away. More details here.
Is there parking?
OXO doesn’t have any parking on site. The nearest car park is on Cornwall Road.
Are balloons allowed?
Unfortunately not – this is purely so that we can make sure all our guests are able to enjoy their time with us.
Can stag/hen parties come in?
We welcome large parties, but we don’t allow any accessories traditionally associated with hen/stag parties into our venues. You’re welcome to leave these in our cloakroom.
What time is your live music?
We have live music in the Brasserie every Thursday to Sunday. Evening performances are Thursday to Saturday 7.30pm – 11pm and Sunday 7pm – 10pm. Lunchtime performances are Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.
Are children allowed?
Absolutely. We’re a family-friendly restaurant. To help you enjoy your time with your family at OXO, we have high chairs, changing facilities, children’s menus and some children’s activities to keep them (and you) happy.