Carreducker at 1.20 OXO Tower Wharf

We are based in a brightly lit, multi-purpose studio space in the landmark OXO Tower Wharf building on London’s South Bank. The building is right on the river Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

The Courtyard, Oxo Tower Wharf
The Courtyard, Oxo Tower Wharf

 

The first floor walkway at Oxo Tower Wharf

 

The feeling when you’ve finished your first pair of hand made shoes

 

 

 

 

 

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Oxo Tower Wharf

History:

Oxo Tower Wharf was originally built at the end of the 19th century as a power station for Royal Mail, but was bought by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, makers of Oxo stock in the early 1900s. They redeveloped the wharf and added the distinctive tower as a landmark in 1929.

Apparently an original application to have Oxo spelt out on the tower as an illuminated sign was turned down, so instead the three letters were incorporated into the structure of the building as an architectural feature.

Today OXO Tower Wharf is just one part of the 13 acres owned and developed (mostly as housing) by Coin Street. It is a popular destination with diners, drinkers and shoppers and is home to 78 flats in a cooperative, low-rent housing scheme run by Coin Street.

It is located on the river on London’s famous South Bank a short walk from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Theatre, British Film Institute, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. Across the river from Oxo Tower is St Paul’s Cathedral and The City of London, which remains home to 110 Livery Companies (the medieval trade and craft guilds). The Companies include three shoe-related ones; the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, Worshipful Company of Leathersellers and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. These Liveries continue to flourish, fostering their trade in a wide context, serving the community, and embracing modern skills and professions. Many have Livery Halls, some of which are open to the public and are well worth a visit – Girdlers Hall, Haberdashers Hall, Skinners Hall, Dyers Hall and the Coopers Hall.

James recently became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers in recognition of our work raising the profile of shoemaking (cordwaining as it is correctly known), passing on the skills and traditions of the craft and supporting up and coming makers.

Things to do

There is plenty to do in the area from enjoying walking along the river to visiting London’s many museums, theatres and attractions. In easy walking distance (15 – 20 mins) are:

  • Covent Garden
  • St Pauls Cathedral and The Royal Exchange
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern
  • The British Film Institute
  • The National Theatre
  • The Hayward Gallery
  • The Queen Elizabeth Festival Hall
  • The London Eye
  • The Aquarium
  • St James’ Park
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • The Imperial War Museum

Getting here:

Oxo Tower Wharf is right at the heart of London on the river Thames and easily accessible on foot, by bicycle, car, bus, train and underground. If you can, leave the car at home and enjpy all that the South Bank has to offer on foot.

Cycle Park: There is cycle parking beneath the building to the left hand side

Underground: The nearest underground stations are Waterloo, Temple, Southwark and Blackfriars

Waterloo, Charing Cross and Blackfriars Stations: These stations are main travel hubs for buses, trains and underground around London; for travel to/from the Home Counties e.g. Surrey, Essex, Kent etc.

Car Park: The nearest car park is in Cromwell Road. It costs approx. £7 per day