Jesse Rose

Chiltern Firehouse

  • Where:
  • Why:Business and visiting home
  • When:August 2022
  • Who:Me, myself and lots of friends

"The bar is the stuff of legends, don’t be surprised to be dancing next to Mick Jagger at 2 AM"

AT A GLANCE: Located in central London and known as the watering hole of the rich, noble and famous, Chiltern Firehouse is reassuringly expensive but delivers way above its value. From an iconic bar to a Micheline-star restaurant, prime location, and great breakfast, it is perfect for both solo and family travelers. All in all, you will be in good hands and don’t forget to try out the frozen Aperol Spritz.

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Chiltern Firehouse Selfie in the lift

Selfie in the lift

Chiltern Firehouse You can see why it got the name

You can see why it got the name

Chiltern Firehouse Not very large but super comfy with everything one could need

Not very large but super comfy with everything one could need

Chiltern Firehouse The in-suite living room. It looked great, but in all honesty, I was always at the bar :)

The in-suite living room. It looked great, but in all honesty, I was always at the bar :)

Chiltern Firehouse This has a better selection than most bars you will go to. In no way can it be called a ‘Mini Bar’

This has a better selection than most bars you will go to. In no way can it be called a ‘Mini Bar’

Chiltern Firehouse Dial 00 for anything — I have heard that you can literally ask for ‘anything’

Dial 00 for anything — I have heard that you can literally ask for ‘anything’

Chiltern Firehouse  I fell in love with the salt and pepper shakers on the outside terrace

I fell in love with the salt and pepper shakers on the outside terrace

Chiltern Firehouse The bar is just as charming for breakfast as it is for dancing late at night

The bar is just as charming for breakfast as it is for dancing late at night

Chiltern Firehouse Bar at night

Bar at night

Chiltern Firehouse Secret smoking area. At night this is where we always ended up hanging out for hours. You have to walk through the downstairs bathrooms to find it

Secret smoking area. At night this is where we always ended up hanging out for hours. You have to walk through the downstairs bathrooms to find it

Highs & Lows

  • Fantastic service is often extremely hard to describe. It’s that certain thing you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s neither formal nor informal. It’s osmosis — it just flows. I had this feeling of going back to a place I’d been to many times before but it was in fact my first time. This is exactly the feeling I had arriving at Chiltern Firehouse

  • You can flow between the outside courtyard restaurant then indoor dining room and the bar as if moving to different rooms in your house. The staff always make sure they can accommodate you

  • I only found out about their Frozen Aperol Spritz on the final night and it is my new favourite drink. I met with several friends while staying and every cocktail tried got the heavy nod of approval

  • It seems that the bar never closes but the rooms are super quiet. This really is perfection

  • Super comfortable beds. I slept like a baby

  • It’s easy to never leave the hotel and after a few days you might forget that you are in London and should in fact leave every now and again

  • No onsite gym. Not that you would use one, as you will probably will be too busy drinking Frozen Aperol Spritzes at the bar

Chiltern Firehouse You can see why it got the name

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50
Chiltern Firehouse The bar is just as charming for breakfast as it is for dancing late at night

Important Bits

  • Type

    Lifestyle hotel

  • Vibe

    Chilled in the day and very vibey bar at night

  • Location

    Perfect location in central London. Great if you want to be central or west

  • Rooms

    26 rooms and suites. I tried the classic room and a suite — both were great

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Fantastic, I called at 4 am to say I was going to be flying in that morning at 8 am and they assured me they would find me a room straight away

  • Future Forward

    Previously a Grade II listed Fire Station, restoration was done keeping in mind the heritage value of the building

  • Music

    Disco, funk and old school classics in the bar, quiet outside in the courtyard. The perfect balance

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    The formerly red-brick fire station restored by the hotelier Andre Balazs. Interiors by Paris-based Studio KO

  • Health & Wellness

    It’s not the place to come if you are looking to work out as there are no facilities but they will get you access free of charge to a local gym if needed

  • Food

    Boasts an equally famous Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Nuno Mendes

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    The bar is the stuff of legends, don’t be surprised to be dancing next to Mick Jagger at 2 am

  • Minibar & Retail

    It’s not really a minibar more a fully stocked bar with everything you could want to create cocktails for days

  • Accessibility

    Yes, lifts and one specially adapted room

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    The price is not cheap but neither is a first class transatlantic plane ticket. You really do get what you pay for

  • Tel.

    +44 020 7073 7676

  • Website

    Visit website

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street, London, UK

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