If you’re looking to add an elegant twist to your usual movie date night, it’s all about the hotel film and dinner nights, don’t you know.. With a growing number of boutique London hotels housing their own private cinemas, film night just got a little bit more upscale…and exciting.
I had the pleasure of trying the Friday Night Film Club at the Charlotte Street Hotel recently. As you may know, the Charlotte Street Hotel is part of the Firmdale group. So delve into their website and you’ll find a whole variety of film and dinner offerings to choose from across four of their eight London venues: Soho Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Ham Yard Hotel. (If you’re New York based, they hold film nights at the Crosby Street Hotel too).
There are screenings of both old classics and new releases. And now and again, they’ll hold special events such as the Fashion and Cinema Screening of The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone that took place at the end of the last year, in association with Vanity Fair.
For us, it was a glass of bubbly (not included in the cost of the film night) and then straight down to the basement into an intimate screening room for the showing of Tony Scott’s True Romance.
Gah, it’s been a while since I watched this movie, and being able to kick back and relax with a glass of fizz and delve straight into this classic (sans hundreds of adverts) was such a treat. Oh how I’d forgotten how violent some of this movie was, but at the same time it’s funny and quirky and wow, what a blast from the past. Plus you can’t beat that soundtrack…
A couple of hours later and it was back upstairs to the fabulously colourful and bold Oscar Bar & Restaurant for their three-course set meal. It was Friday, so it was absolutely teeming with people celebrating the weekend… however, it was great, because the diners were kept at the back where we were still part of the buzz, yet had our space to relax and enjoy some good food.
For starters, BC and I both enjoyed a really flavoursome salad of lemon chicken, cucumber, feta and pomegranate seeds which was light and delicious.
This followed by the dry aged onglet for BC, and the Cornish pollock for me.
The pollock was great. It had a crisp skin and deliciously soft meat, with a nice touch of saltiness from the bacon, firm chowder-soaked potatoes and a good injection of flavour from the samphire and added seasoning. This dish was right up my street.
I didn’t get a look in with the onglet steak – BC devoured the whole lot and forgot to save me some. But it was tender and served with a rich red wine jus and garlic mash. While the starters were quite small, this dish was a good generous size and also impressed with its flavour factor.
After a bit of a breather to chat and take in our incredibly stylish and buzzy surrounds (As I say, this hotel is the hotspot for Friday night drinks), we delved into a lemon and raspberry posset and Yorkshire rhubarb with ginger sponge fingers.
I have to say, the lemon and raspberry posset excelled by far in the dessert popularity stakes (we both agreed on this one). The Yorkshire rhubarb was a little cream-heavy and didn’t quite pack the punch I expected, although the rhubarb itself was delicious (and presentation rather brilliant).
The posset though, was tangy and fruity and just the sweet, palate-cleansing kick you need at the end of a meal. And again, fabulous presentation.
Did we accept a super cute miniature ice-cream from the waiter after all of this? Yes we did.
In the words of Alabama in True Romance, You’re so cool, you’re so cool, you’re so cool. Charlotte Street Hotel. This is one film club we want to be long-term members of.
Until next time x
Huge thank you to Firmdale Hotels for hosting Oh So London for the Charlotte Street Hotel Film Club. All views are our own. Prices for the Film Club start at £35 for a film screening and three-course meal. Find more information here.
Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ