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L'oscar London

2-6 Southampton Row, Holborn, London WC1B 4AA, UK
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L'oscar London

Why we love it: Rich hues and flamboyant patterns make this opulent boutique hotel inside the former headquarters of the Baptist Church a standout in Holborn.

The Highlights:
- Ornate Jacques Garcia-designed interiors, his first UK hotel
- A secret garden with a copper tree sculpture
- Baptist Bar & Grill is inside the original octagonal chapel and helmed by a Michelin-star-winning chef

The Review:
When someone who renovated the Palace of Versailles and designed places like Hotel Costes in Paris and homes for the Sultan of Brunei designs his first UK property, it’s going to be spectacular. Jacques Garcia was tasked with the interior design for L’oscar, which resides in a 1903 Edwardian Barouque building that was previously the headquarters of the Baptist Church. Garcia preserved the ornately plastered ceilings, carved fireplaces, oak paneling, and elaborate plaques, while adding a gemstone color palette and bold patterns in rich textiles like velvet and leather, along with a seven-story show-stopping chandelier. All rooms up to the fifth floor feature fireplaces that are either terracotta made by Royal Doulton or original Arts and Crafts tiles, and beds are covered with duvets from Iceland. Retreat to the spacious marble and onyx bathroom, where sink taps are gilded with Lalique crystal birds, floors are heated, and most include soaking tubs.

Be sure to book a table at The Baptist, home to The Baptist Bar and The Baptist Grill, led by chef Tony Fleming who was awarded a Michelin star at his previous restaurant. Fleming serves seasonal British food inside the meticulously restored octagonal double-height chapel-turned-restaurant. And just off the bar is a small hidden garden, called Blue Tree Yard, with a arching copper tree installation in full blue blossom and hung with birdcages and foliage. A second dining option, the ground floor Café L’oscar, serves meals and light bites all day, including afternoon tea, and is inspired by Café Florian in Venice.