December 2014 – The London restaurant/hotel hot-spot opened among the historic (1889) London firehouse remains by hotelier Andre Balazs earlier this year. Balazs, the detail-oriented founder of New York’s Mercer and Standard hotels as well as L.A.’s Chateau Marmont, is new to the London scene but that hasn’t stopped London’s creative elite (often followed by the paparazzi) from making their way to Chiltern Firehouse. The chef, Nuno Mendes (one Michelin star), is joined by sommelier Romain Audrière. Food (elegant & simple), wine (well suggested & approachable) and space (fresh & modern with a firehouse relic here and there) do not disappoint, with the exception of a single table from which seems to sprout what must be a structurally necessary column. The difficulty of securing a reservation is apparently on the rise, so do plan well in advance. 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London. Restaurant 020 7073 7676, rooms 020 7073 7653 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner only; enjoy!