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South Bank

The spectacular vistas across the Thames (to St Paul’s Cathedral and Somerset House) are the draw at this iconic South Bank spot. Owners Harvey Nicks reshuffled things a while ago so that drinkers can also properly enjoy uninterrupted views without dining in the expensive brasserie or restaurant.

The best approach is to book a bar table, though some spaces are always kept back for walk-ins. You then wait to be seated – even the high stools and tables on the terrace are booked, though if you turn right, there is a no-seating, no-bookings observation platform (you may need to wait your turn if it’s busy).

On our most recent visit we found the service haphazard, and although the drinks were well-made with good spirits, they were expensive for what they were – a Pimm’s fruit cup cost £9, plus a 12.5 per cent service charge on top. It’s not the cosiest of places, and has the feel of a cruise ship. But you just have to love those views.

Venue name: OXO Bar
Address: 8th floor, Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-11.30pm Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Southwark tube or Waterloo tube/rail
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ashley c

I love love love this place. Fantastic place to go for a date or to chill and catch up with your girl friends.

The cocktails are lovely as are the views. If ever I'm in the area I find an excuse to come here. Its fabulous.