191 Waterloo Road, SE1 020 7928 6924 Open dinner Mon, lunch & dinner Tue-Sat Clad in dark wood and exposed brick, this is much better than the average chippie”. True, you can get a classic cod’n’chips with mushy peas, but there’s also fresh Cromer crab and crisp, mustard-coated haddock for the more adventurous. A favoured haunt of London cab drivers – who know a thing or two. Cheap Oxo Tower fine food and fabulous views Top floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, SE1 020 7803 3888 www.harveynichols.com Open lunch & dinner daily There are few locations in London as spectacular as the top floor of the Oxo Tower. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a 250-ft 90-m long terrace allow uninterrupted views over the Thames. It’s stunning, and yours to admire for the price of a drink at the sleek bar. Eating here will make a greater dent in your wallet, though the cost is justified by the consistently high standard of the creative modern European food served at the relaxed Brasserie and more formal Restaurant. Lunch at the Brasserie might consist of chilli crab with egg linguine, followed by sea bass and warm halloumi, and finishing with coconut parfait with passion fruit. The refinement of the menu and prices rise in the Restaurant, with such delicacies as warm salad of quail with foie gras and truffle, monkfish with oxtail or pink grapefruit with Campari sorbet. Both venues serve more affordable set lunches.