From a warehouse used for packing meat to a hotbed of creative talent, the Oxo Tower Wharf is a symbol of the regeneration of the industrial areas along the Thames.

It was built in the 1920s by the owners of the Oxo brand, who incorporated the name into the distinctive tower to subvert a ban on outdoor ads.

It was derelict by the 1970s but since the ’90s has become a hub for design studios, galleries and boutiques.

If you want original and funky jewellery, clothes, hats, homeware and art this is a great place to go.

There are cafés on the ground floor, a bar and brasserie on the second floor (mains £9.50-£17.50),and a spectacular bar and restaurant on the top floor.

It’s pricey, but the views are sublime.


» Bargehouse St, SE1 9PH Southwark ( Free

Verdict: riverside style