Oscar Bar at Charlotte Street Hotel, Soho

Oscar bar at Charlotte Street Hotel
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The Vibe

The Charlotte Street Hotel is understated cool; it is original, classy and very sophisticated. The Oscar bar, tucked in just at its front, is no different. The moment you walk in you are greeted by the buzz of a busy crowd and an atmosphere to match. The clientele are mostly couples on dates and after-work drinkers who are happy to chill in the bar.

If you’re lucky to find yourself a seat, you’ll be welcomed by waiters who are happy recommend light bites and an array of classic or ‘Charlotte Street Special’ cocktails, such as the Rhubard and Lemongrass Bellini.

The Order

The restaurant currently serves an à la carte summer menu which includes grill plates, such as lamb cutlets with mint sauce, seafood selections (crab, oysters and salmon) and very tempting deserts, such as the classic Eton Mess. If you don’t want to sit down for a big meal you can have some light bites in the bar area such as the Asian platter,  which included sumptuous tempura Tiger prawns and pink and ginger wontons.

Wash them down with a huge array of cocktails, made to order, or ask the knowledgeable staff for a wine or champagne recommendation.

The Game

Order a drink at the bar but don’t spend the whole evening in there.  The rest of the hotel is just as unique so try to explore it. On the same floor as Oscar you’ll find the drawing room, which houses the honesty bar. Open to residents and sometimes the public the honesty bar is just that – no one is serving so you help yourself and leave your money or your room number. It’s much more intimate and also injects a bit of fun into the date.

The place is also perfect for a lazy Sunday date – for £35 you get to see the film of the week and a Sunday lunch.

And if all is going well, and your date is worth it,  splash out on one of the deluxe rooms upstairs, all uniquely designed by the accomplished interiors queen Kit Kemp (maybe drop this in to distract from the seediness of having pre-booked a room).

The Faults

Depending on what sort of bank balance you and your date have the drinks can be a bit on the expensive side. If money is no object then spend the night making your way through the cocktail list, but if it’s going to break the bank then this is a great stop before the theatre or after dinner.

Sex Factor

3. Standard hotel bar frisk.


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