Oxo Tower is an iconic building in the London Borough of Southwark. The ground and first floors are dedicated to boutique arts and crafts shops for which this district is well known. The eighth and rooftop floor is home to the Oxo Tower Restaurant and Brasserie as well as exhibition spaces and galleries. The second through seventh floors are residential. The Oxo Tower Wharf is the area along the south bank of the Thames on which the Oxo Tower sits. It is a vibrant yet relaxed shopping district and a destination in Southwark for fine hotels, chic restaurants, and cool cafes.
One of the most popular things to do at the Oxo Tower is to have dinner at the wonderful restaurant and brasserie. It is a popular destination not only because of the ease of access from many of the main underground lines north of the river, but also because of the amazing views from the rooftop of the tower. The menu is exquisite and the wine selection leaves little to be desired. The best part of visiting this area of London and having dinner at Oxo is that you are in an area where options for entertainment are plentiful. You can visit the permanent Picasso Exhibition at the Dali Universe hear the world renowned London Philharmonic at the Southbank Centre, watch a movie at the BFI IMAX cinema screen (the biggest in England), or simply meander around the banks of the river to explore more of the Oxo Tower Wharf.
The sidewalk that runs along the Thames links the Oxo Tower Wharf with other prominent London attractions like the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and the Festival Hall. To best enjoy all that this area, widely known as South Bank, has to offer you should consider spending a full day to take in a variety of the sights. South Bank is notorious for having a range of shabby chic boutiques, galleries, and stores that sell everything from quirky and artsy homewares to jewelry and clothing. There are high-end boutiques, department stores, cafes, jewelers, and markets that cater to the distinct tastes of the shoppers and residents of the South Bank area. If you head down to Southwark early you can take in a bit of everything. Have lunch at the brasserie on the top floor of the Oxo Tower before hitting some galleries and enjoying a bit of retail therapy at the Oxo Tower Wharf boutiques.
Not all of the action in London goes on north of the Thames. Southwark may at first seem out of the way but is in fact only a few miles from Westminster, Soho, Covent Garden, and many other popular districts that tourists regularly stay in. There are a variety of accommodations in the South Bank area as well so if you are planning to stay a week or so in London and want to mix up your experience, consider staying in the alluring South Bank area. Definitely visit the Oxo Tower, if not to have dinner at the Oxo Tower Restaurant, then at least to take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area.