The Bloomsbury, Soho has inspired an impressive portfolio of some of the early twentieth century’s most pioneering writers, artists and intellectuals who believed in debate, creativity and innovation and whose work was guided by a sense of fun and freedom. The surrounding area of Charlotte Street Hotel is where many of these individual characters chose to live, work and meet their friends to discuss art and rebel against the confined late Victorian attitudes that were fast becoming outdated. The people of Soho at the time are said to have “lived in squares, painted in circles, and loved in triangles.”
Charlotte Street Hotel is situated just north of Soho and is full of Victorian British charm. Just a brief stroll from leafy Soho Square and the theatre district and is surrounded by some of London’s best bars, restaurants and cafes.
Designer Kit Kemp has used a ‘Bloomsbury Group’ theme throughout the hotel which features original art from the period and a mural in the brasserie reflecting scenes of ‘contemporary London life’.
In celebration of the experimental and creative lifestyles of the late Victorians, Head Chef Bradd Johns has created an exclusive Afternoon Tea, inspired by authentic recipes which The Bloomsbury Set would have enjoyed at teatime, using ‘The Bloomsbury Cookbook – Recipes for Life, Love and Art’ by Jans Ondaantje Rolls. These historical recipes have been brought to life to create a memorable experience for guests at the Charlotte Street Hotel like no other.
To round off the experience in a more contemporary way, The Charlotte Street Hotel has created an exclusive gin which has been specially crafted for guests called Oscar’s Gin. In partnership with local micro-distillery, this gin celebrates a creative and experimental culture and combining the skills of the Bloomsbury distillers with those of the Oscar Bar & Restaurant team to round off an already unique experience.
The Bloomsbury afternoon tea is to be served all day long between 3rd April – 18th May 2018 and can be taken in the Oscar Bar and restaurant or in the comfort of the charming drawing room. The menu includes both sweet and savoury items and is also available in reduced sugar, gluten free or vegan afternoon tea options which are now available on request. So no matter your dietary requirement the chef’s can accommodate you with all things delicious. You also have the option when booking for an ordinary afternoon tea for £26 per person or and afternoon tea with Oscar’s Gimlet for £36.00 which we think is the perfect treat.
If you cannot make this months instalment of the Bloomsbury afternoon tea, do not fear. It shall be making a comeback Between 6th August – 16th September 2018 so get booking. For reservations and further information call 020 7980 1007 or visit the website here.
Image credit – Simon Brown