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Nothing on the landscape of London dining so greets the spring as the array of restaurants that lines the Thames at Tower Bridge. When the daffodils are out in Hyde Park, and legs of spring lamb hang in the windows of Allen's and Lidgate's, then (as Chaucer might have put it) folk long to go dining al fresco. For 20 years, the Pont de le Tour has offered City locals and rich tourists a gorgeous view of the river from the terrace. Terence Conran's flagship eaterie started life in 1992. Since then it's been bought by the D&D group (which owns 19 London restaurants, including the Pont's less posh neighbours, the Blueprint Café, the Cantina and Butler's Wharf Chop House) and celebrates its 20th birthday in October. Inspired by the whiff of Easter spring in the air last week, I went to pay my respects.

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Considering that they are scavenging sea insects, prawns and their relatives are wonderful things. Firstly, they have a fantastic flavour and secondly they invariably yield two meals; one using the actual meat itself, and the other in the form of a soup made from the shells, whether it be a velvety bisque or a clear consommé-like soup. Prawns freeze well and it's always handy to keep a packet in the freezer for those moments when you need a last-minute supper.

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