Blueprint Café

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Blueprint Café has one of London’s finest views, looking out across Canary Wharf to the east, with Tower Bridge and the City to the west. Chef Joe Albina has made his mark on the menu, serving modern European cuisine, and has designed a menu using fresh and seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from local farms and suppliers in the British Isles. Joe has created a series of playful and nostalgic small plates, each with a contemporary twist. with British culture as the inspiration behind much of his food.

Special Offers

Dinner Set Menu: 2/3 courses for £20/£25.

Enjoy our Dinner Set Menu: 2/3 courses for £20/£25.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. **offer only available Tuesday-Saturday during dinner service hours until 7.30pm, offer excludes wine.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 26 September 2019

Ends: 26 October 2019

Availability: Tue-Fri 17:30-19:30

Lunch Set Menu: 2/3 courses for £20/£25 with a glass of wine

Enjoy our fixed price menu 2/3 courses for £20/£25 with a glass of wine

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. **offer only available Tuesday-Saturday during lunchtime service hours

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 18 March 2020

Availability: Tue-Thu 12:00-14:45
Fri 12:30-14:45

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F
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

My friend and I allowed 2 hours for dinner before attending the theater. We arrived at an almost empty restaurant and we were greeted nicely. Our order was taken and we waited and waited....eventually after waiting almost half an hour we asked when the food would arrive and, fairly promptly our starters arrived. We also had to ask for our main courses and our deserts. There were plenty of staff , so I'm not sure what their problem was. After all our prompts, we managed to have our meal and pay in just short of the 2 hours we'd allocated. The food when it eventually arrived was delicious; well prepared and nicely presented.....the views across the Thames are spectacular, especially in the evening, but having a constant eye on the clock does rather detract from the enjoyment. Although we had directed our complaints to the management, they neither thanked us for our custom, nor apologized for the poor service when we left. I recommend this restaurant in the hope that service will improve!

VL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service is not good at all. I found the waitresses are rather rude.
The food is of small porter, however, it tasted good.
The view is amazing and probably that is the only positive.

J
London
39 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My 3rd visit this year and it didn't disappoint.

t
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was fine but was very difficult to get service. Our flight in was delayed so I called 3 times within the 3 hours leading up to our booking to advise, but I couldn’t get through or get anyone to return our call. In addition, the restaurant was not very busy at all so I’m not sure why.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great British classics on offer here; I haven't seen soft herring roes on a menu for ages, they were delicious. The set menu is great value and there is a short but well thought out wine list. The staff were all welcoming and friendly; their informal yet professional service style fits the venue perfectly. The restaurant itself is very modern, being in the former Design Museum building, but is also very comfortable and has fantastic views over the river and of Tower Bridge.

K
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been for years. The views continue to be brilliant. The food is going down market a bit. So don’t expect fine dining just good solid modern British food. Service very friendly and willing.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, small portions but delicious. We had beef curry and expected that with rice than chips but it was tasty. View was great, we were obviously close to the windows.

CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice space, good food, understaffed as usual so service was slow and spotty.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. We had the Beef coconut curry. It was absolutely nothing like a curry. It was in fact beef stew! It did make us laugh. Couldn’t believe they were calling it beef coconut curry as it had no coconut or curry in the dish, just beef. Starter was nice and so was the desert. The service was good and the views over Tower-bridge was very nice.

Would return for the chilled atmosphere, but would look at the menu online before returning and would definitely NOT have the beef (stew) curry again!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly and helpful service and amazing views of Thames River!
We will definitely come back very soon.
Thank you Blueprint Café!

M
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening overall, great view and ambiance. Food and service also excellent. will be returning soon.

TG
London
21 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely relaxed summery evening with good food and wine, and a great ambience helped by the beautiful views of Tower Bridge and the Thames. Excellent value with the ES offer. The chocolate brownie with almond ice cream was delicious!

J
London
39 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My second visit with friends. Set menu is excellent value. Wine is reasonably priced. Amazing views of Tower Bridge and the Thames. My one criticism would be lack of staff which resulted in slower service. All in all, a worthwhile restaurant.

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Great views, service and food average

AT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, I love the view and the food just amazing. I will definitely go back again.

SW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely food at a very reasonable price and stunning view.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and furnishings, delicious food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and service with stunning views of the river & Tower Bridge.

Very happy with the quality of food. We shared some starters around the table. All delicious. Definately recommend the smoked eel and Scampi. I had the Sea trout main which came with Crispy parma ham. Yum!

I will definately be back to try the Lamb!

Thank you

k
London
78 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always. Great food, good views, lovely service and exceptional value for money.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not miss this gem on the river bank in London. Excellent food and hospitality.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing place! Food was delicious and well presented especially Smoked Eel. Staff was very attentive, friendly and helpful.
Views of Thames River from restaurant are stunning!
We had a lovely afternoon and we will definitely come back very soon!

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Quality of the view seemed to come at the price of the quality of the food.

Starter of asparagus, egg and parmesan was tasty but pedestrian.

Main of bavette and fries was only just passable. Bavette quite tough, saved by excellent fried.

Desert of coconut pannacotta was pretty good, and worth eating again.

The staff seemed a little confused between ‘can I have a few minutes to decide’ and no attention at all.

Overall, not a disaster, but also not the quality and value the view deserves.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful views of the river. Great service and lovely food. Very impressed and will be going back again soon

DB
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Menu selection is far too restrictive, only 5 items for each setting - starter, main, dessert and a very disappointing choice of 5. When we were there on Thursday evening there was some kind of event taking place with people standing and clapping their guests - this should be a private event, not what you want when you’re having a quiet dinner with a friend.

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner at Blueprint last night. I had an asparagus followed by a seabream. I finished with a chocolate mousse which was one of the highlights. Service was just perfect. Will defnitely return.

VA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely place! Unbelievable good value for money. Superb food and very friendly service.The service by Carla was impeccable. Truly lovely staff. Thanks so much! Can't recommend highly enough.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sensationeller Blick - Service sehr gut - Essen lecker aber klar, auch etwas teurer ... aber gerne wieder

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Fantastic views over the river and tower bridge but the restaurant feels very empty and cold. The tables are marble (no table
Cloths) , so freeeezing to lean on! The waiting staff were lovely

AD
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

None of the flair that its neighbours, Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have to offer greet your arrival at this once Banana factory in the depths of Shad Thames. Now housed in the renovated 1930’s style Design Museum, The Blueprint Cafe is up two flights of stairs that would go unnoticed in Life on Mars. Having never been before and with my parents who are country folk, there was some apprehension about what on earth I had booked. But once at the door, the calm of the floor and the sight of the light rendered all fears unfounded: for this was a tour de force in splendid dining. Outstanding food served at the right temperature in a room where one could converse without raising one’s voice - a rarity along the Thames these days. Bar the odd missed beat in service, this was a lucky booking (left it late) and one that I (and indeed my mother) will be making again in the future.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Appalling service -
No access to the building for Iran’s, elderly (no lift and no warning of access issues)

Bread arrives at end of first course

Refreshments tea:coffee order ignored completely and had to chase 25m after ordering, with no apologies

OE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location and view, perfect level of service. Food was lovely. A real Hidden Gem.

EL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal however a very limited menu. Earth hour set menu was the only one available which was a shame, no vegan/veg options or a la carte

Great candlelight dinner, and views to die for!

JL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Portion size on the small side. Was very quiet in restaurant.

SC
London
36 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely views over river at sunset and relaxed and inviting light and airy dining room. Plenty of options on the pre theatre menu and nice portion sizes.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast!
Beautiful views from this restaurant in an excellent location on the river. Service was prompt and friendly. Food delicious.

CT
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special family meal and we had a great service and excellent food. It wasn’t particularly busy and it was good not to be drowned out by music.

HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent! I would highly recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and attentive service

BG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely views and great food

N
London
149 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good option for a catch-up with friends and the set menu is great value. This was dinner for four and a first visit for our friends. All of our set menu choices were very good. The set menu portion sizes are sensible, which was perfect for us all, as a three course midweek dinner doesn't have to mean over-eating!

Note that it's lovely to sit by the window, although there are one or two gaps where a chilly wind can get through when it's cold and blustery outside.

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