The art deco-style, dimly lit, golden bar had the stylish appeal of a private members club. The type that Graydon Carter would frequent in New York. Who knew I was on a side street in Marylebone?
I attended Andre Balazs’ private dinner at the newly refurbished old firehouse, the now Chiltern Firehouse Hotel on the 7th February 2014 with my partner-in-crime, fashion designer Archer Adams. Andre was charming. I could see the sex appeal for women looking for a George Clooney-esque confident swagger and old fashioned know how. Juanito, ex-Krug VIP employee with A-list connections, was our host and showed us around the hotel. There is a stylish bar which will soon be a private bar for hotel guests only and the rooms were cosy and simple with stylish lighting and stand-alone bathtubs.
As we sat at the bar to discuss bespoke handmade suits and beautiful Spanish women over fresh bloody orange champagne Bellini’s, I looked around at the half-built, almost finished space which would become the next niche must-be-seen-at hotel. Already now, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne have been spotted at Chiltern Street Hotel, not yet fully open but Balazs seems to attract the buzz.
Dinner was impeccable. Taking their staff from El Bulli with executive chef Nuno Mendes, they obviously took careful consideration in taking the best of the best. The food was delicious. Hot donuts filled with crab, southern-style smoky fried chicken, and the pork was incredible. The night felt special and, as Andre popped by to ask if the acoustics were just right, I could tell that this hot new establishment would have the eye-for-detail and design that would make guests feel exclusive and comfortable as if they were in Andre’s own London home.
Chiltern Firehouse Hotel
1 Chiltern Street
London W1U 7PA