Tower Bridge is a sight to behold, and dining with a stunning view of it is something that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry. Luxury riverside destination Le Pont De La Tour is located right opposite and boasts the longest alfresco terrace in London, making it one of the city’s premier riverside venues. It’s a truly memorable place to dine in London, as we discovered during our visit.
At the start of the year, Le Pont De La Tour’s interior underwent an aesthetic overhaul and the result is magnificent. Curious to see the full transformation, I was lead through the swanky new restaurant area of white linen and towering booms of white roses, straight down to the wine cellar for a look at the private dining areas, where regular tutored wine tastings are hosted. The wine cellar is a truly special place to dine, where guests can request wines straight off the shelves. There are over 1,000 wines (including very rare ones), along with spirits and cigars from all over the world.
Le Pont De La Tour serves French cuisine with a modern accent. The head chef Frederick Forster has previously worked at likes of Le Gavroche, the Ritz, Le Manoir, so you know to expect high-calibre cuisine. Even the Blairs and the Clintons have enjoyed dinner at Le Pont De La Tour.
There ate often live music performances, which creates a buzzing atmosphere.
Starter : Crab, salmon and Aquitaine caviar.
Cocktails (right) : Golden Tower (left) and Virgin Southern Ginger (right).
The Golden Tower cocktail contains : peach liqueur, Grand Marnier and Vodka, mixed with champagne and edible 24 carat Gold. The Virgin Southern Ginger ‘mocktail’ contains : fresh ginger muddled, mint and lime, shaken with apple and lychee juices, ginger and lemongrass cordial, served long over crushed ice finished with ginger beer.
Golden Tower is a beautiful champagne cocktail. You can watch as the flakes of gold rise and fall in the bubbling champagne. It’s a nice little touch that gives it something a bit special.
Main : Roasted native lobster in garlic butter.
Following the caviar, we were in the mood for more seafood and so we went for the lobster for the main, which was stunningly melt in the mouth. We also got some sides of triple cooked chips, potato puree and a green salad.
Desserts : Vanilla crème brûlée and chocolate pot.
Next it was time for some decadent, generously sized desserts that would satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Like reclining into fresh bed sheets or drawing on a mirror with lipstick (if you’ve ever done this you’ll know what I’m talking about), cracking into the top of a crème brûlée has got to be one of the most satisfying sensations in the world.
Cocktails (left) : Le Verger (left) and Tea Trade Wharf (right).
Next it was time to order in another round of cocktails. We opted for something refreshing as a post-dinner pick-me-up. I spent a lot of time in Asia last year and as such, I’ve developed a bit of an addiction for matcha tea – I’m always curious to try anything that contains it. I’d not seen matcha tea used in a cocktail before so we ordered the Tea Trade Wharf cocktail which contains it, along with Elyx infused sencha tea, lemon juice, elderflower cordial. Shaken and served in a coupette. It’s a divine cocktail. As was Le Verger, a tangy tipple containing : Saffron G’Vine Gin, lemon juice, orgeat syrup, shaken and double strained in goblet glass. Served with homemade apricot foam.