Nestled in the lively hub of London’s theatreland, L’oscar London is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Situated in Bloomsbury, mere steps from Covent Garden and the bustling Holborn, this boutique bolthole pays homage to the iconic Oscar Wilde. Seamlessly blending timeless elegance with contemporary luxury, it’s a perfect pitstop for culture vultures and luxury seekers alike.
L’oscar Suite is a masterclass in bold interiors, showcasing Jacques Garcia’s signature style.
Upon entering L’oscar London, you’re immediately ensnared by its exocentric allure. The interiors are a symphony of dark and sexy aesthetics, designed by the illustrious Jacques Garcia. It’s a testament to his keen sense of history and attention to detail that the hotel’s opulence seamlessly weaves into its Victorian heritage. Our journey commenced with the warmest of welcomes from the hotel team, whose hospitality and charm set the tone for our stay. Checking in was a breeze, and we instantly felt at home.
We sharply made our way to home for the weekend: the L’oscar Suite, the largest and most prestigious offering at the hotel. As we entered, we were greeted by an array of delights – Champagne, a fruit platter, and a sweet treat of mini cakes and pastries. The suite itself is a masterclass in bold interiors, showcasing Jacques Garcia’s signature style. The pièce de résistance was undoubtedly the stunning bath tub, a sanctuary for relaxation before our evening’s adventures. The room’s floor-to-ceiling windows allowed the late summer sun to flood in, bathing us in a warm, golden glow. But what truly stole our breath away was the intricate ceiling, a testament to the building’s rich history as a chapel for the Baptist Church.
The name L’oscar pays homage to Oscar Wilde and the literary luminaries of the area, including Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster, and Lytton Strachey, collectively known as the ‘Bloomsbury Set’. This boutique hotel offers a journey into the cultural tapestry of London’s intellectual history.
From its captivating interiors to its fun restaurant and bar, L’oscar is a destination that resonates with the spirit of Oscar Wilde and the vibrant heart of London itself.
Located on the ground floor, L’oscar Restaurant embodies the essence of a Parisian cafè. Its illuminated onyx bar and décor, inspired by the world’s oldest café in Venice, create an enchanting atmosphere. Mirrored walls, gilded panels, and original art adorn the space, offering a feast for the eyes to accompany the culinary delights. The intimate restaurant and bar exuded a cozy charm that beckoned us to indulge. We savoured two Dirty Martinis, a perfect start to our evening. Our journey continued with a delectable array of dishes: salmon ceviche tostada; tempura shrimp with spicy mayonnaise; truffle rigatoni pasta with parmesan; and black cod miso with steamed Daikon, and bok choy. Accompanied by truffle fries, broccoli, and a green salad, every bite was a symphony of flavours. As we couldn’t resist a second round of cocktails, we opted for the Lady Windermere Margarita and a jalapeño-infused concoction to cap off our evening.
L’oscar London is housed in a Grade II* listed building with a rich history. Part chapel, part headquarters for the Baptist Church, its Victorian architecture stands as a testament to a bygone era. Located on Southampton Row, it’s perfectly positioned, within walking distance of Covent Garden and the British Museum. From the Superior Room to the L’oscar Suite, every space boasts extravagant styling, high ceilings, and large windows, all thoughtfully curated to deliver an exceptional experience. From its captivating and very unique interiors to its fun restaurant and bar, L’oscar is a destination that resonates with the spirit of Oscar Wilde and the vibrant heart of London itself.
Address: 2-6 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AA