Andre Balazs' Chiltern Firehouse in London Is Open, But Rooms Are Still To Come
A month ago we thought it looked like it was nearly complete, and so it was: Andre Balazs’ new London hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse, opened a couple of weeks ago. Nearly three and a half years after we first scoped it out, and many a walk-by in between, we were able to do a quick lap through the courtyard, peek into the buzzing restaurant, and peer through the windows into the yet-to-open bar.
We weren’t quite right with our guess of it being called the Chiltern Street Hotel (and actually prefer the Firehouse addition), but we did hit the nail on the head thinking that entry to the hotel is through the courtyard, in the far corner you see above. Those red benches we spotted were in place too, along with a range of other furniture that we trust will be permanently occupied once spring pushes through and those bare shrubs sport some greenery.
Before you rush over with your bags, know that the 26 suites aren’t quite ready yet. The restaurant, pretty much booked solid at the moment, is open daily for dinner and for brunch on the weekend.
Once you’re through the glass door, the restaurant is a sharp right and immediate left. We couldn’t take any pictures here, but there is a bar on the right, a large open plan kitchen at the far end, and plenty of booths and tables throughout the space that stretches the length of the original fire engine doors facing Chiltern Street.
This is what part of the future bar looks like, spotted through the windows of the smaller turreted structure with the pitched-roof, straight ahead as you enter the courtyard. There are some similarities, but it looks pretty different than the rendering we saw years ago.
The website continues to be light on details of, well, anything really, so patience remains the virtue until we can explore the interiors further. As soon as we set foot inside, you’ll read about it here.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]