Oxo Tower

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Oxo Tower

The 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.
Hidden London: Oxo Tower and taller neighbours (1 Blackfriars and South Bank Tower), by Matt Buck

* The picture of Oxo Tower and taller neighbours above is brightened and radically cropped from an original photograph, copyright Matt Buck, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.