OXO Tower Tour
Posted on 04 December 2016
Located on the South Bank, overlooking the busy waters of the Thames, The OXO Tower is a structure known to many and seen my millions of people each year. With a long and diverse history dating back to the 1920's, many people may know and love this tower but very few have been able to experience it up close in all its splendor, taking a tour of its spiral stair cases up to the top level to take in the surrounding views of London. After jumping at the chance to visit the tower and explore a landmark from a brand new perspective, I wanted to share my experience with you. Click the video below to watch my visit of the tower from the top down.
Closed off from the public, it was a great honour to be invited to visit such an iconic Landmark in London, gaining a new perspective and insight into its design and allowing us to discover what exactly is behind its infamous windows. Making our way up to the OXO Tower Restaurant, I was surprised to discover just how close the entrance was to the business of every day life. A doorway to another world gone unnoticed by the surrounding public and diners. Amongst the hustle and bustle of building utilities, services and kitchenswas a stairway, taking us up another level to be greeted by the first of many black iron spiral staircases to take us up to the top.
The tower is essentially several open rooms stacked ontop of each other, split by staircases that make their way through the centre. It was a strange feeling to reach the first set of circular windows, knowing that these were no orfinary circular windows, but the symbol to the entire building and the brand it once represented. Taking a huge amount of photos, it was time to make it up another level to be greeted with square "X" windows and then another set of circular windows before reaching the very top level.
Upon reaching the top and making our way through a small door, we were greeted by impressive views across the city. Even on an overcast November morning such as the one we experienced, nothing could take away the magic of the city. Looking straight ahead across the Thames were views of St Pauls Cathedral, a sight closely associated with the city. Moving to the east, we could see the contrasting modern skyscrapers of the financial district rising up into the skyline, the new era of towers already making their marks on the city as OXO and St Pauls did many decades before. What has always impressed me with London is the acceptance and diversity of architecture. Each time period has made its own special mark, as those in the future will continue to do so.