It was that time of the month again, when my friend Helen and I met for our monthly meal and reunion. This time we decided to broaden our horizons and our choice of venue was The Oxo Tower, situated along the south bank of the River Thames.
The Oxo Tower is a huge land mark along the river. It was built at the turn of the nineteenth century and used as a power station. In the late 1920's the site was purchased by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, makers of Oxo. Nowadays it's an attractive eight floor building full of shops, restaurants and bars.Being a huge land mark, and apparently near the station Helen and I travelled to, we thought we would find it relatively easy. But then again, we are talking about two people who could get lost walking down a ladder. We got lost. Even with a map in my hand and signs for 'The Oxo Tower' everywhere we looked.
Half an hour later and two painful blisters forming on my feet (surprise, surprise) we found ourselves looking up in awe at The Oxo Tower, which should have taken us a mere five minutes to find.
We took the lift to the eighth floor where our dinner reservation had been made. You could not fault the view, it was stunning. We made our way to our table where wine and beer were ordered. As I looked around the restaurant I couldn't help feeling like Patsy or Eddy from the sit com Absolutely Fabulous. It was what you would describe as contemporary design, with champagne bottles strategically placed on numerous shelves.
We both opted for the porcini and ricotta tortelloni, with mushroom cream, fried artichoke, goats curd and toasted hazelnuts. It was very tasty although a little rich towards the end. A saxophonist serenaded us throughout our meal, a beautiful instrument to listen to and the music was very much appreciated.
My father plays the saxophone, and the night before our meal he was asked to join a band at The Ritz hotel. The Ritz is a prestigious London hotel and my father was honoured to be invited to play there. This was discussed with Helen and we decided our next meeting could be afternoon tea at The Ritz. How posh! And somewhere I have yet to visit.
After our meal we were itching to take our drinks outside, to admire the view and take photographs. So we walked along the balcony, sipping our beverages and enjoying the spectacular view of London by night light.
For your viewing, a couple of pictures are attached.
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