The stylish L’oscar is a luxurious architectural gem located in the heart of Bloomsbury’s historic Holborn in London. Converted from a 110-year-old Grade II-listed Baptist church, the fantastically restored hotel retains its Baroque features with ornately decorated high ceilings and large windows. The interiors, however, have been given the decadent touches of famed French designer Jacques Garcia, who also renovated the Palace of Versailles in France and revived La Mamounia in Morocco.
While each of the guest rooms is unique in shape, size and design, all are richly decorated with silk, velvet and damasks in red and gold tones and the recurring motifs of birds and butterflies – animals being a signature element of Garcia’s designs. The hotel’s restaurant, the Baptist Grill, is located in the former octagon-shaped chapel and is helmed by chef Tony Fleming, advocating seasonal British produce. There is also a cocktail bar and a café offering breakfast, bistro-style lunches and shared plates for casual dinners. Space for parties, weddings, dinners and private events are available at The Committee Room and The Library and are able to seat up to 25 and 80 people, respectively.
Number of rooms: 39.
What stood out: The Art Nouveau-style touches in the decor, from the door handles to the rich fabrics and bold colours.
What we love most: The oh-so-pretty Lalique butterfly-wing bathroom taps.
2-6 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AA
020 7405 5555