That’s the thing about London. When you think you are trending into dodgy territory there is always a more upscale little street that can offer an escape exit. Trapped between not so glam Tottenham Court Road and touristy Oxford Street, Charlotte Street takes you to an evening in Continental Europe. Or sort of. It is a short street, but sweet! Small cafes, independent restaurants and a couple of cosy bars. A great choice if you find yourself trapped in Central London but wanting to avoid the Soho buzz.
I recently ‘travelled’ there to fulfil my hunger for authentic Spanish tapas. Following some recommendations, we paid a visit to Fino – brought by the same team that built the Barrafina brand. The food was beautiful (a combination of traditional and modern tastes) and the setting was relaxed although it felt more towards a business setting than the atmosphere I would expect from a stylish tapas restaurant. Wine list was excellent, cocktails were strong and service very unpretentious and accommodating. Top stars for this. For a night cap, on that street, would refer you to old time favourite Charlotte Street Hotel. Ok indeed, crowd can be a bit random – and it was when we were there – but Espresso Martinis are worth a try and there is always a good vibe and celebrating atmosphere. I guess Charlotte street can be limited when it comes to choice after a few visits. But it is nice knowing it’s there for you.
Spanish|33 Charlotte Street|£££|Have a look!
Oscar Bar & Restaurant, Charlotte Street Hotel
Hotel Bar|15-17 Charlotte Street|£££|Have a look!