London by Design: Chiltern Firehouse

Illustration of Chiltern Firehouse, London, UK
Chiltern Firehouse, 1 Chiltern Street, London.
(Image credit: Illustration: Nina Fuga)

Four years after its low-key, high-octane opening, Andre Balazs’s converted Marylebone fire station is still smoking hot. Hawk your Richard Prince and bribe the doormen to get a table at the Nuno Mendes-helmed restaurant or enjoy the cool London autumn air at the alfresco garden bar. Then attempt access to the Firehouse’s after-hours Ladder Shed club, where the guest list is stellar and the curtains are made of old hosepipes. The Firehouse also offers 26 bedrooms and suites, each fitted with a working fireplace and generously appointed bathrooms. Every hotel guest is looked after by a personal concierge, who will map out your 10-minute walk to the Frieze art fair at Regent’s Park.

Nuno Mendes restaurant at Chiltern Firehouse

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Read more about London by Design: Frieze art fair here


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.