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Summary

£95
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You can’t beat the amazing views” over the Thames at this D&D stalwart near Tower Bridge, although the golden glow that made it famous, when it was launched at the heart of the late Sir Terence Conran’s 1990s ‘gastrodome’ – has somewhat dissipated nowadays. It still has real attractions – a large outside terrace, “outstanding wine”, and Gallic cuisine that’s fair-to-good – and, given its convenience to the City – it’s “especially good for entertaining overseas clients” (as Tony and Cherie Blair did Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the day).

Summary

£77
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£77
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£76
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu
Yes
20, 24
No trainers
110
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £33.00 £39.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£17.50 £60.50 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £44.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 13.00%
36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm

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