Luxury riverside destination Le Pont De La Tour is located right opposite London’s iconic Tower Bridge.  Le Pont De La Tour boasts the longest alfresco terrace in London, making it one of the city’s premier riverside venues.  It’s a truly memorable place to dine in the city, as we discovered during our visit.

Le Pont De La Tour serves French cuisine with a modern accent.  The Head Chef, Frederick Forster, has previously worked at the likes of Le Gavroche, the Ritz and Le Manoir, so you know to expect high-calibre cuisine.  Even the Blairs and the Clintons have enjoyed dinner at Le Pont De La Tour.

At the start of the year, Le Pont De La Tour’s interior underwent an aesthetic overhaul and the result is magnificent.  Curious to see the full transformation, I was led through the swanky new restaurant area and down to the wine cellar for a look at the private dining areas, where regular tutored wine tastings are hosted.  The wine cellar is an incredibly special place to dine, where guests can request wines straight off the shelves.  There are over 1,000 wines (including very rare ones), along with spirits and cigars from all over the world.

We kicked off the evening with a glass of champagne and caviar, which was served with frozen cucumber, dill and warm blinis.

Cocktails: Golden Tower and Virgin Southern Ginger. 

The Golden Tower cocktail contains peach liqueur, Grand Marnier and vodka, mixed with champagne and edible 24 carat Gold.  The Virgin Southern Ginger ‘mocktail’ contains fresh ginger, mint, lime, apple and lychee juices, lemongrass cordial, served long over crushed ice and finished with ginger beer.

Main: Roasted native lobster in garlic butter. 

Following the caviar, we were in the mood for more seafood and so we went for the lobster, which was stunningly melt-in-the-mouth.  We also got some sides of triple cooked chips, potato puree and a green salad.

Cocktails: Le Verger and Tea Trade Wharf.

Next, it was time to order in another round of cocktails.  We opted for something refreshing as a post-dinner pick-me-up.  I spent a lot of time in Asia last year and as such, I’ve developed a bit of an addiction for matcha tea – I’m always curious to try anything that contains it.  I’d not seen matcha tea used in a cocktail before so we ordered the Tea Trade Wharf cocktail.  It is made using matcha tea along with Elyx infused sencha tea, lemon juice and elderflower cordial.  It’s a divine cocktail.  As was Le Verger, a tangy tipple containing: Saffron G’Vine Gin, lemon juice, orgeat syrup, shaken and double strained and served with homemade apricot foam.

Desserts: Vanilla crème brûlée and chocolate pot.

Next, it was time for some decadent, generously sized desserts that would satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.  Like reclining into fresh bed sheets or drawing on a mirror with lipstick (if you’ve ever done this you’ll know what I’m talking about), cracking into the top of a crème brûlée has got to be one of the most satisfying sensations in the world.

It was a caviar, lobster, gold-infused, champagne-filled evening of sheer opulence, polished off with a delightful nighttime walk down the waterfront – which is definitely something I’d recommend to round off an evening post-Le Pont De La Tour.  If you are looking for truly memorable high-end dining, Le Pont De La Tour is a perfect option.  Everything is exceptional, from the food to the service and of course the stunning location.

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