Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower

Posted on 22. Oct, 2013 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, United Kingdom

I always said that I must have been a princess in another life. While my budget doesn’t always allow for it, I’m a rather big fan of all things epicurean, like fine dining, quality wines, English haute couture and first-class plane tickets. It doesn’t come as a big surprise then that my friend Kirsten and I would genuinely enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea — or rather Not Afternoon Tea, on this occasion — especially in a place as posh and picturesque as the OXO Tower.

Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower: My Experience

As it was to be expected, my experience at the OXO Brasserie went flawlessly. Exceptional customer service from start to finish, exquisitely sweet bites and state-of-the-art cocktails made the experience a vastly enjoyable one, and one I am not soon to forget. The decor and the atmosphere were quite a refreshing change from what is normally seen in terms of afternoon tea.

Not Afternoon Tea menu offers 4 different combinations, which change regularly according to seasons. At the time, my friend Kirsten opted for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party while I ordered for the sweetest possible version of afternoon tea, the Hot & Sticky, which consisted of:

Banana cake, Baileys caramel


Pandan rice pudding, lemongrass chilli ice cream


Turkish Baklava


Caramelised apple puff

Yes, YUM. I know! And for drinks, as if this plate wasn’t succulent enough already, I was served a Guilty Pleasure, a delicious but rather strong mix of Appleton VX rum, crème de banana shaken with coconut syrup, fresh lime juice, Fratello hazelnut liqueur and Amargo chuncho bitters.

Needless to say neither of us were disappointed.

I think the Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower is ideal for people who have experience traditional high tea before and want something different, or first-timers who prefer a more relaxed setting. The clientele is young, hip and fashionable, and so is the menu (cucumbers sandwiches, while very good and as a staple of the English cuisine, aren’t nearly as exciting as chili ice cream, to be honest), in a way that only a city like London can do.

And with the Brasserie being on the top floor of the OXO Tower, fabulous views abound, making this quirky afternoon tea experience quite the spectacular one. Or at the very least, the one with the best views of central London, including the City, St.Paul’s, the many bridges of the Thames and even Southwark. It’s also a good spot to catch one of London’s spectacular sunsets on the odd sunny day.

Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower: Good To Know

  • Not Afternoon Tea is priced at £24.50 including one bespoke cocktail.
  • Not Afternoon Tea is available in the OXO Tower Brasserie Sunday to Friday from 3pm until 5pm; Saturday from 2pm until 4.30pm.
  • The viewing platform is a well-kept secret, and a free one at that. Anyone is welcome to visit.
  • The portions are quite small, which means dinner plans should still be made. Kind of like having dessert before the main course.
  • The OXO Tower is easy to get to and makes for a nice starting point of a lengthy stroll along the Thames.

 Disclaimer: I was a guest of Harvey Nichols and the OXO Tower. As always, all opinions are my own.


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6 Responses to “Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower”

  1. Cheryl Howard

    22. Oct, 2013

    This looks like so much fun! What a lovely way to spend the afternoon. :)

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  2. Laura @Travelocafe

    27. Oct, 2013

    OMG, look at all those goodies! Want!!

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  3. Annie@GreenTravelReviews

    03. Dec, 2013

    Small bites of paradise. I love places like this, thanks for the tip!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Dec, 2013

      You’re welcome! It was a fabulous experience and very wallet-friendly considering the food and the location.

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