SquareMeal Review of
Oscar at the Charlotte Street Hotel
Smart doormen and uniform awnings spell class at the Charlotte Street Hotel, and its buzzing bar is no different. Named after that famous literary booze-hound Oscar Wilde, this place plays host to smart suits and well-heeled ladies sipping fizz, as well as tourists at the wealthier end of the spectrum. Afternoon tea accompanied by pink Champagne or a White Chocolate Martini is a popular pastime, but Oscar gets really rammed after the offices close down. The bartenders clearly know their cocktails, but we'd single out the Charlotte Bramble – a signature concoction of fig-infused Bombay Sapphire gin, blackberries and crème de mûre, best enjoyed with nibbles such as crispy chilli squid or aloo tikki Scotch egg. If the thought of skiving bothers you, just remember Oscar Wilde's mantra – 'work is the curse of the drinking classes'.