December 2017: Julien Imbert, previously of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Berners Tavern and City Social, takes over as head chef at Le Pont de la Tour.
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“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”.
It has “stunning views” of Tower Bridge, but D&D London’s “elegant” landmark has seemed “stuck in the ’90s” in recent years, and – aided by its “serious” wine list – appeals most as a business venue nowadays. In October 2015 it re-opens after a major two-month face-lift – let’s hope they will pep up the “decent” but pricey cooking too.
It’s hard to beat the “sensational” Tower Bridge views from the D&D Group’s grand South Bank “icon”; for a date, or as a “smart and efficient business venue” it still has many fans, but foodwise it’s “lost its passion”, and is “far too expensive” nowadays.
36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE
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LUNCH Mon - Fri: 12.00pm - 2.30pm Sat - Sun: 12.00pm - 3.00pm DINNER Mon - Sat: 6.00pm - 10.30pm Sun: 6pm - 9.30pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 9.30 pm