Serial glam-hotel designer Jacques Garcia is to unveil L’Oscar in May, his first designed hotels on the British Isles. Known for his opulent-posh style, the 39-bedroom hotel will be 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 by Mr. Garcia himself.
The new hotel is located in a former Bloomsbury church, in Holborn, a district in the West End of London. The heritage building dates from the early 20th century and retains some of its original tiling, flooring, and ornately decorated ceilings. Originally conceived as the Baptist Church headquarters in the U.K., it fell into dereliction and remained empty for ten years.
One of the most stunning spaces is the Baptist Grill restaurant, 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.