An historic pub, which was named by CAMRA as one of Britain's most beautiful boozers, has decked out its upper rooms as a boutique hotel.

When the current owners took over the Grade II* listed Black Lion on Kilburn High Road in 2020, it was suffering water damage from a pipe leak which had brought down lumps of the moulded ceiling.

London Village Inns spent time and money cleaning up and restoring the unique plaster detail, and won the Campaign for Real Ale's Pub Design Conservation Award for the sensitive refurbishment, which preserved architectural features while upgrading the facilities.

Brent & Kilburn Times: The 11 rooms range from £110 per night to £210 for the top floor suite and include a continental breakfastThe 11 rooms range from £110 per night to £210 for the top floor suite and include a continental breakfast (Image: London Village Inns)

Now they have added 11 individually designed upstairs rooms, and manager Ozan Aydin says it's going well.

"After an extensive refurbishment that spanned from January 2023, we are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our hotel this autumn," he said.

"This marks a significant milestone for us, and we couldn't be happier to welcome guests through our doors. Hours were devoted to renovating each room, ensuring a unique and elegant design for each space. The renovations were executed with a commitment to preserving the historic character of the building's interior while providing modern comforts and amenities for our guests.

"Our renovation project was led by interior designer and architect Simon Belcher of Belcher Hall Associates, who also played a pivotal role in designing our other boutique hotels, the Rose & Crown in Stoke Newington and the Brownswood near Finsbury Park.

"Since opening we have experienced overwhelming popularity with bookings and positive feedback from our guests. We are excited to share our passion for hospitality, excellent service, and unforgettable moments with them."

Prices range from £140 to £210 for the grand suite on the top floor, including a continental breakfast. Guests can also book in for the Indian-inspired menu in the stunning downstairs dining room.

The pub interior is said by CAMRA to be of 'national importance' for its ornate plaster ceiling, wall friezes, original U-shaped bar divided by glass, wood screens, etched glass, and original mirrors.Brent & Kilburn Times: The Grade II* listed interior is said by CAMRA to be of national importanceThe Grade II* listed interior is said by CAMRA to be of national importance (Image: London Village Inns)

The pub itself has had an eventful history. Built in 1898 by architect R A Lewcock in collaboration with sculptor and artist Frederick T Callcott, it escaped damage in 1975 when nearby pub Biddy Mulligan's was targeted by a Loyalist bomb. Then in 1991, National Front supporters off to an England V Ireland football match at Wembley chanted anti-Irish slogans and threw bins and bricks through its etched glass windows.

Luckily it is now back to its former glory and ready to accept overnight guests.