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Tower Wharf Cafe

Tony Fretton Architects

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

190.0 sqm

Design Team
Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Chris Snow, Daniel Buckley, Guy Derwent, Yuichi Hashimura

Coffee Shop

Structural Engineers
Structure Workshop

Services Engineers
Serge Lai Engineers

Historic Royal Palaces

Peter Cook

Tony Fretton Architects has completed a new-build café and restaurant in one of London’s and theworld’s most historically significant locations, the Tower of London.

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The site forms the intersection between Tower Bridge and the UNESCO world heritage site of theTower of London on the historic Tower Wharf to the Thames overlooking the Greater LondonAssembly building and HMS Belfast.

Commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, Tower Wharf Café provides indoor and alfresco dining on thewharf, serving the 2.5 million tourists that visit the Tower of London each year. It adds to an assemblyof pavilions, including a ticket office and river frontage kiosks.

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Positioned closer to the Tower andfurther from the main tourist entrance than these kiosks, the new building demanded a design that isvisibly striking and fanciful.