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

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