Harden's survey result
It can be “very special, particularly on a sunny day”, at this well-known D&D London stalwart, thanks to its “lovely situation” (complete with large terrace) by the Thames near Tower Bridge; and it remains “a firm favourite” for a few folk, including for a date. Its famous heyday, when the Blairs and the Clintons supped on salmon and Bollinger at the height of Cool Britannia is well gone now, though, and – remarkably for what was once the City’s top expense-accounter destination – of the relatively limited feedback this place now inspires, none of it plugs its suitability as a business rendezvous. The straightforward French-ified menu, likewise, elicits muted enthusiasm, although its heavyweight wine list still rates mention… as do the prices.
“A blissful location by Thames” with “stunning views of Tower Bridge” and outside tables in summer has always been the ‘crown jewel’ feature of D&D London’s Thames-side flagship (where, back in the day, Tony Blair memorably entertained Bill Clinton). A relaunch a couple of years ago seemed to stem its slide into obscurity, but its ratings sank again this year, with punishing pricing leaving it feeling “quite underwhelming” not helped by “very conventional” cooking and service that’s “nothing like what it used to be”. The wine list is “not as good as it was” either – perhaps why it receives surprisingly few expense-accounter nominations nowadays.
“It’s wonderful if you get a table outside in good weather” at this smart D&D London Thames-sider, named for its superb views of Tower Bridge. When it was first opened by Sir Terence Conran it was the hottest ticket in town, but – despite a major refurb last year – only a dwindling number of fans still see it as “a special place for special occasions”, and increasingly it is viewed as “overpriced and coasting along on its past reputation”.
“There’s something about having Tower Bridge in the background that sets the mood just right...” at this D&D London Thames-side landmark (where Tony Blair once hosted dinner with Bill Clinton). But, despite a “beautiful restoration” this year, its Gallic cuisine remains “very mediocre for the price”, and the “huge and complex wine list” likewise comes with “huge mark ups”.
Le Pont de la Tour Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Had not been here for a while and following a disappointment from the German Gymnasium in the same group I was surprised. Service, food and view are very good. The view of the bridge is magnificent"
"still a firm favourite"
"Took my niece there for her 20th. Food basic but OK. Service poor, brusque, wrong wine, clearly not interested. Still a good position totally wasted"
|Wine per bottle||£45.00|
36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-9:30 pm|