You want to meet someone for drinks. Where do you take them? Chiltern Firehouse in London. ACME in its glory days in NY. –Ana Sarbu
Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant found in London’s trendy Marylebone district. Marylebone is well-known for being the location of Sherlock Holmes’ home on Baker Street and for the prime shopping on nearby Oxford Street.
Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, Chiltern Firehouse was once a proper fire station, but it’s now one of England’s hippest boutique hotels. Chiltern Firehouse is operated by hotelier André Balazs, who managed to retain its Neo-Gothic architecture without sacrificing any amenities. Each room offers a working fireplace, a spacious bathroom and impressive views of the nearby cityscape. There are 26 single rooms, lofts and suites available, and they’re all decked out with sizable windows and plush furnishings. Every accommodation also includes a personal concierge. A night at Chiltern Firehouse will cost between $730-$1700 USD. Guests also get instant access to the Ladder Shed, the most exclusive place to wine and dine in the Chiltern Firehouse.
While the hotel is exquisitely intimate, the restaurant and bar is the place to see and be seen. The Chiltern Firehouse is a well-known celebrity hangout—Bradley Cooper, Poppy Delevingne, and Aaron Paul have all been spotted here recently. The menu is American-inspired and curated by Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes. There’s a bar surrounding an open kitchen, and a lush courtyard garden for those who enjoy dining outside. Chiltern Firehouse is open all day, but it’s best to come for dinner and end the meal with a few drinks. The Iberico pork with roasted peach, raw sea trout with yellow mole and roasted chicory hearts with sweet corn are all good choices, and the oysters at their raw bar are the freshest in the city. Prices range between $3-$120 a plate. Their cocktail menu includes the Dashamore (made with tequila, vermouth, ginger liqueur and jalapeno) and the Ravello Breeze (made with gin, Lillet, saffron syrup and citrus). Drinks average around $13. As this place is a favorite for celebrities, locals and travelers alike, emailing to book a table is highly recommended.
Address: 1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA, United Kingdom
Hotel Phone: +44 020-7073-7690
Restaurant Phone: +44 20-7073-7676