Executive Chef at Chiltern Firehouse Nuno Mendes. Photograph by Nicholas Kay.

- Legendary hotelier André Balazs of Chateau Marmont and The Standard fame has just opened his latest property in London – making it the first outside the US. Chiltern Firehouse is located in a beautiful 1889 Grade II-listed Victorian-gothic fire station building on Chiltern Street, one of the capital’s most exciting streets and voted London’s coolest street by Condé Nast Traveler in the US.

I was lucky enough to go twice before the official opening and I can say that Firehouse is THE hot spot du jour. From the moment you arrive in the courtyard to the restaurant you are treated with the upmost professionalism. The place is chic and non-pretentious and the food is simple but excellent. A special mention of the very efficient (and non-snobby!) French Sommelier Romain, who suggested us a very elegant St Aubin 1er cru 2002 from Maison Morey-Blanc matching our stunning appetisers.

Chiltern Firehouse. Photograph by Dan Glasser.

As for the main, being a true Bordelais, I chose the steak and it was perfect (“saignant” of course!). If you are visiting the restaurant or have the chance to stay in one of the 26 suites, I would also recommend visiting the bar which is the epitome of glamour (with a very interesting choice of carpet that has all of London talking…).