Sumptuous rooms await at L'oscar, an elegant place to stay with a fascinating past. Located in what was once the London headquarters of the Baptist Church, the fourth floor was damaged by a bomb during World War II. Over the decades that followed the congregation waned, and just a dozen worshippers remained by 1961, at which point the structure was bought by London Transport, before being taken on by Duncan Shakeshaft and his team in 2012. A lengthy renovation project ensued, during which the property was turned into a 39-bedroom hotel opening to guests May 2018.

Each room is individual and full of character, with rich tones throughout – think deep reds, purples and burnished gold. Designed by Jacques Garcia, there are luxurious touches galore, ranging from duvets with hand-picked down feathers and 24-hour butler service to a complimentary mini-bar and newspaper. Go all out and book the L-oscar suite with its historic plastered high ceiling and enjoy a lounge area with large coffee table and sofa and a one-of-a-kind marble and mirrored bathroom complete with walk-in shower, free-standing tub, double vanity and underfloor heating. Oh, and the room is dog-friendly too.

There is a duo of lavish meeting rooms – The Committee and The Library – suitable for all manner of events, be it a family gathering, private dinner with friends or even a wedding, whilst The Baptist restaurant, set within the building’s Grade-II Listed chapel, dishes up an array of seasonal plates such as Cornish Cod with soft dill crust and warm tartare sauce and grass fed Cumbrian ribeye with snails, garlic and bordelaise sauce. Location-wise it doesn't get much better: Covent Garden, the West End and Soho are all on your doorstep, and Holborn tube is just a one minute walk away – hop on there and the capital is your oyster.

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