OXO Tower Bar

Bars and pubs South Bank
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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.

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OXO Tower Bar says
Found on the eighth floor of London’s iconic OXO Tower, the OXO Bar is the perfect spot for a quick lunch with friends or after-work cocktails. Enjoy your drinks in the sunshine on our OXO Tower Bar terrace or watch the city sparkle from the comfort of the bar as the nights draw in.
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Venue name: OXO Tower Bar
Address: Barge House Street
South Bank
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Southwark tube or Waterloo tube/rail
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ashley c
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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.


Great place to drink on the Southbank. Interesting and characterful cocktails. Atmospheric, very busy on the weekends and in the summer so get their quick as you can't book in advance!