Oxo Tower

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Oxo Tower

Oxo TowerThe Oxo Tower is a South Bank landmark surmounting a former cold store and meat products factory. It was built in the late 1920s, retaining some of the river­front facade of a Post Office power station that had formerly occupied the site, then known as Stamford Wharf.

To circumvent a prohib­ition on Thames-side advert­ising, owners the Liebig Company had the tower’s windows framed and glazed in a way that spelt out the name of its leading brand of meat extract.

After a period of derel­iction in the 1970s, the building was rescued from the threat of demolition following an exemplary campaign by a local action group. Coin Street Community Builders restored the main building in the mid-1990s and redeveloped the neigh­bouring area.

Oxo Tower Wharf’s units include flats, retail design studios, specialist shops and galleries. The restaurant, bar and brasserie on the eighth floor are run by Harvey Nichols.