28 Shad Thames,
London, SE1 2YD
Tel. 020 7378 7031
Food type: Modern Eclectic
Food rating: 4/10
Nearest tube: London Bridge/ Tower Hill
Website: Blueprint Cafe
Note: Jeremy Lee now cooks at Quo Vadis. As such this review is of historical interest.
Last Sunday had some pretty peculiar weather. It was such a sunny and hot day more akin to a summer when we are smack dab in the middle of autumn. With all the sunshine and clear blue skies it would have been a crime if we didn’t get out to enjoy it. Oh dear Lord… I’m sounding more and more like a Englishman talking about the weather!!!
With such lovely weather, we decided to take a nice stroll along the Thames and dine at one of the restaurants along the river. The Shad Thames area houses numerous restaurants, most of them under the D&D London Umbrella including Butler’s Wharf, Cantina del Ponte, Le Pont de la Tour and of course Blueprint Cafe. For the non-locals, Blueprint cafe may indeed be difficult to locate while passing by. It is located on top of the Design Museum with only a small, and easily miss-able sign, acknowledging its existence above. Getting to the restaurant requires a moderate amount of exercise up two flights of stairs. Not one for the angina sufferers for sure…
The restaurant itself is minimally decorated with various photos and jars of pickles adorning the walls of the restaurant. With simple furnishing and a wooden floor, the restaurant has that cafe feel to it. The elevated location of the restaurant does allow for some spectacular views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. To that end, there is a small pair of blue binoculars placed at each table for customers to toy around with while waiting for their food to arrive.