When Husband suggested a dinner and movie date night, I thought it would be at our local cinema with some hot dogs and popcorn thrown in for entertainment. However, as a twist to this classic Saturday night date, we watched a movie at the Charlotte Street Hotel Film Club instead.
Charlotte Street Hotel is part of the Firmdale chain of chic boutique hotels, designed and managed by Tim and Kit Kemp. As someone who works in the interior design industry, I am very much aware of Kit Kemp’s inspiring designs. Every interior design graduate interested in hospitality interiors wants to work at her design studio!
The Firmdale Film club organises weekend movies in three of its London hotels – Soho, Covent Garden and Charlotte Street. Dinner and movie costs £40 per head, but if you want to catch just the movie then it costs you only £15,which for Central London is quite a bargain for watching movies in such plush settings!
We went for the dinner and movie option. The dinner is a set menu of three courses. You can also opt for an afternoon tea instead of dinner – a sneak peak of the cakes and sandwiches next table looked impressive! Depending on your preference, you can either have your dinner before or after the movie. Our dinner was booked for 5 pm at the hotel’s Oscar Restaurant, followed by the movie at 7.
The restaurant itself had beautiful interiors – classic furniture revamped with luxurious and vibrant upholstery, use of colour, texture and patterns on enormous paintings splashed on walls, steel-topped tables and abstract sculpture.
For our starters we opted for the Greek san choi bau with minted lamb meatballs, tzatziki, tomatoes and pine nuts. It was a really good starter, both in portion and taste, though presentation could have been a bit more stylish considering the atmosphere.
For our mains, we both went for the Moroccan Sea bream pilaf with quinoa, peas, pistachio, mint and ras el hanout. This was probably the healthiest fine dining dish I have ever had. Everything was fresh and well-cooked, and the ras el hanout added a lovely spicy kick to the fish.
At this stage, our lovely waiter Dalibor got chatting and after hearing of my interest for interior design, asked one of his colleagues to arrange a private view of the penthouse suite. It was a great opportunity to admire Kit Kemp’s work up close and personal with her sophisticated use of wallpaper and furniture.
Upon returning to the table, we ended our lovely meal with some decadent beetroot and red velvet cheese cake!
The finale was an intimate screening room downstairs, where we retired for the evening to watch the movie with a glass of wine and some complimentary popcorn on behalf of the hotel!
I would highly recommend the Firmdale Film Club as a stylish and intimate movie and date night experience! The staff went out of their way to make our experience special and memorable. Overall, however I was more inspired by the interiors than the food. My only complaint would be that the set menu could offer more choices, but overall it was a lovely evening!