A previously derelict Grade II-listed building has been re-opened as a new 39-bedroom luxury hotel called L’oscar in Holborn in central London. The 110-year old property has been redesigned by French architect Jacques Garcia, who counts Hotel Costes in Paris and the Nomad Hotel in New York among his previous works.
Within the hotel, like with many new openings in central London (see Pilgrm, Serge et le Phoque at the Mandrake, and Neptune at the Principal Hotel), will be a range of dining options. Here, things will be overseen by executive head chef, Tony Fleming who moves from the D&D London-owned Angler, for whom he helped win a Michelin star.
According to the marketing literature, “L’oscar promises to be a visual and gastronomic temptation.”
At the centre of the hotel is the octagonal 1903 chapel, which keeps its original glass-topped dome — and will become L’oscar’s main 44-cover restaurant, The Baptist Grill, which will serve a “classic British menu with European influences, using the highest quality seasonal ingredients, freshly and simply prepared with creativity.”
On a gallery mezzanine above the restaurant will be the 65-cover Baptist Bar, offering traditional cocktails, the full restaurant wine list, as well as live music and “surprise entertainments” performed each night.
On the ground floor, the 50-cover (plus 14-seater terrace) Café Oscar is said to be inspired by the famous Café Florian in Venice and will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, with drinks and snacks in between.