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Oxo Tower, London: 19 reviews and 44 photos


A magnificent view and some useless, but interesting facts make this building a spot worth to mention. Like today?s Tate Modern building, the Oxo tower was built to house a powerplant but is around fifty years older, dating from the late 19th century. But it was never use so and sold to a manufacturer of beef cubes (which still exists and is called?. OXO!) which turned it into a cooling store. In 1928 and 1929, the building was redesigned into an art deco style. Oxo wanted to a have large illumnated advertising sign on the building. However, this was fordbidden and so the architect responsible in the rebuilding just added a couple of windows to the tower which for some unknown reasonm were shaped like an O an X and another O. After WWII, the building fell into decay and in the 1970s and 1980s, it was close to be pulled down. When the whole area was redeveloped in the 1990s, it was decided to refurbish the OXO building too and it even won a prize for urban redevelopment. It is no longer owned by Oxo, but houses offices of several other companies, shops and a couple of restaurants. What many people do not know: You are free to take the elevator leading to one of the restaurants on top of the building and enjoy the view onto the Thames without having to order a meal!

Address: Waterloo, SE1
Directions: Waterloo tube
othercontact: http://www.coinstreet.org/shopea
Phone: +44 20 7021 1686
Website: http://www.southbanklondon.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 11, 2009
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