“It’s Friday, I’m in love!”
Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing to you from our cozy kitchen in England, after spending a few excitement-filled days in London. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, whom you’ll see more of on my Instagram, ticked off a few more items on my London List, and was enthralled by the wonderfully infectious energy of the English capital. Among the eventful moments were my first trip to Primark (more on that later!), visits to both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music (swoon), and a colorful walk through Shoreditch, admiring the amazing graffiti of the East End through Sivan‘s artful eye.
I’ll be sharing more photos and anecdotes throughout the weekend, but today I want to focus on this rather cool place, The Chiltern Firehouse. Completely by chance, a fun Wednesday ended with a visit to the fiery new addition to the London scene.
I had been on a mission to find a café that Hannah had posted about. As I was leaving the area, I noticed a lovely refurbished fire station that looked so cozy and inviting, I had to take a closer look.
I felt like I’d walked into a modern day fairy tale, with the twinkling lights leading the way to the entrance.
How could you resist an entrance like this?
I received warm greetings from both the valet and the hostess. The staff overall proved to be excellent, and their uniforms were amazing. The men of the restaurant were wearing ivory dinner jackets with dark trousers, while the women of the team were dressed in gorgeous hunter green pantsuits and dresses. I have never seen a more elegant staff. As it may, their ensembles were created by London-based couture designer Emilia Wickstead, which explains the impeccable cut and aesthetic.
I was seated immediately with the best possible place for people-watching; my seat faced both the bar and the entrance! I was thrilled. As the weather wasn’t too nippy, a glass of Grenache Blanc was in order, which was divine.
The barmen were very charming, and it was fun to watch them whip up cocktails for the guests.
The Chiltern Firehouse is a great spot for drinks with your girlfriend or dinner with your love. They also have an outdoor terrace where they serve lunch and drinks until 9 p.m.
If you notice the ceiling in the picture above, the “tiles” were made with old hoses from the fire station. The dark green carpets are also originals and complement the cream and gold accents throughout the dining room.
The view of the lights through to the terrace when you’re exiting the restaurant. The ambiance was magical.
From the street, this is what you see. A glimpse of the ceiling and just the slightest peek into what’s happening inside. Doesn’t it make you want to meander in?
If you’re planning a trip to London, you are in luck because you can not only dine at the Chiltern Firehouse but also stay there. The hotel has 26 rooms and a special bar for guests only. Close to both Paddington and Marylebone stations, the Firehouse is central and walking distance from the shops and restaurants in Mayfair, Fitzrovia, and Oxford Street.
Rating: LOVE. Loved the ambiance, loved the location and the friendliness of the staff. André Balazs, well done.
Back to reality ce soir,
1 Chiltern Street