Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: The Ivy Tower Bridge. Homeboy and I were invited to check out this new addition to The Ivy empire. You’re probably aware of the original restaurant located on West Street in Covent Garden (1917) which is famous for feeding celebrities and a long waiting list to reserve a table. Nowadays you can try one of the new branches which are springing up throughout London and beyond. If you’re looking for restaurants near Tower Bridge or places to eat in SE1 then give The Ivy Tower Bridge a try.
“Admire the breath-taking view of the Thames and Tower Bridge as you sample your favourite modern British dishes,” Homegirl London
The Ivy Tower Bridge Breakfast Menu
The various menus offer guests an array of modern British and International classics throughout the day. Whether you want breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, you won’t be disappointed. The Executive Chef is Sean Burbridge who keeps the diners happy with classics like Shepherd’s Pie and Eggs Benedict.
Homeboy and I visited to check out the breakfast menu which is served from 8-11.30am every day. As you’d expect they offer a Full English which is quite something. You can tuck into smoked streaky bacon, a Cumberland herbed sausage, black pudding, fried hen’s egg and all the trimmings. I opted for the vegetarian version called the Garden Breakfast which was fabulous and filling. This comprised of grilled halloumi, avocado slices, a poached hen’s egg with hollandaise sauce perched on top of potato hash, flat mushrooms, roast plum tomatoes and a little brass pot of baked beans. You can choose white, granary or gluten free toast which is served the proper way in a toast rack.
Meanwhile, Homeboy ordered himself some kippers which were perfectly cooked and not too salty. He then helped himself to some of my Garden Breakfast which I didn’t mind because it was quite substantial.
Other cooked options included Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale, Avocado and Spinach Benedict, Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Folded Ham and Cheese Omelette and a fancy Avocado on Toast. If you’d prefer a healthier option you could try the Greek Yoghurt with Berries or Gluten Free Organic Granola. For smaller bites the mini pastries or crumpets with marmite, mustard and parsley butter will suffice.
We fancied something sweet so ordered the Hot Buttermilk Pancakes which was beautifully presented with fresh strawberries, blackberries, Greek Yoghurt and lemon balm. I loved the little pour over pot of warm strawberry sauce which was the icing on the cake! Or the sauce on the pancakes! To give you an idea of price points, the large cooked breakfasts are £12.50-13.50 and egg dishes are £8.50-9.75.
Juice and Smoothie
Drinks included juice concoctions and smoothies. Homeboy tried the Power Up which consisted of wheatgrass, pineapple, papaya and orange. I went for the Mixed Berry Smoothie which featured strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and banana. The tea selection includes the Ivy 1917 breakfast blend which is worth trying. Coffee options include the Vanilla Shakerato which is an espresso shaken with ice and served in a martini glass. Looking back, I wish I’d tried that … maybe next time!
The Ivy Tower Bridge Interiors
If it’s a sunny day try to bag yourself a table outside on the terrace because you get that fabulous view of Tower Bridge and the river Thames which is priceless. Inside the restaurant you’ll notice that it’s a very large space spread over two levels with nearly 240 covers. The interiors are super glam, bright and bold in rich colours which is by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The floor to ceiling glass windows maximise that breath-taking view.
The Ivy Tower Bridge Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to The Ivy Tower Bridge Website. The restaurant address is One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2AA. The nearest tube station and train station is London Bridge. Current opening times listed are Monday to Saturday 8am until midnight and on Sunday it’s 9am until 11pm. It’s best to reserve a table online. The location is near Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and City Hall so it’s perfect to book if you are sightseeing in the vicinity. It’s also great for a special occasion and entertaining business clients especially if they are from outside London and you want to take them somewhere memorable! Enjoy.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London and The Ivy. Thanks: Chloe Peart. Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of the restaurant, thanks very much indeed!