L’oscar | London

district: Holborn

L’oscar is a luxury boutique hotel set in a former church, in Holborn, a district in the West End of London. The heritage building dates from the early 20th century and retains its original tiling, flooring, and ornately decorated ceilings. Originally conceived as the Baptist Church headquarters in the UK, it fell into dereliction and remained empty for ten years.

The hotel is designed by Jacques Garcia, his first on the British Isles. Known for his opulent-posh style, L’oscar is no different: richly decorated with silk, velvet, and damasks in reds and gold tones, and peacock motifs in headboards. Rooms on the original 5 floors (two were added) each have fireplaces. Motifs of birds and butterflies, in glass, can be found in the bathrooms as well as in overhead light fixtures, all designed the maestro himself.

One of the most stunning spaces is the Baptist Grill restaurant (open for dinner), located in an original octagonal 1903 chapel, topped with a glass dome. The ceiling is hand painted and surrounded by eight stucco low-relief sculptures and plaster and stenciled wall treatments.

The hotel also has a glamorous bar and an all-day café/restaurant.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 39 rooms (17-27m2) (183-291 sq ft) & suites (28-65m2) (301-700 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2018 • interior design: Jacques Garcia • bathroom amenities: Roja Dove • parking possible at a location nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • British Museum: 5-minute walk • Holborn Underground Station: 2-minute walk

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