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The only thing in London more exclusive than a playdate with Prince George? A table at Chiltern Firehouse.

Famed hotelier Andre Balzas (he of celebrity hideaways like Chateau Marmont, The Standard Hotel, and The Mercer — and ex-boyfriend of Chelsea Handler) has created a restaurant and hotel that is so cool, so covetable, so IT, there’s a slew of articles advising people how to try and score a table (read them here, here and here). With a roster of guests that reads like a tabloid magazine (Bradley Cooper, David Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, One Direction, Rita Ora, Aaron Paul and Orlando Bloom are just a few of the celebrities spotted in recent months), the once-residential Chiltern Street is now rife with paparazzi and discreet black SUVs.

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But, what exactly is Chiltern Firehouse? The website gives very little away, but it is a well, a heritage firehouse, re-purposed into a hotel and restaurant. While it’s easy to dismiss the restaurant as a vanity project, it is earning some solid reviews for its manageable prices and high quality fare.

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Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes (who earned a Michelin star at Vijante) has studied under big names like Jean-Georges and in legendary kitchens (hi, El Bulli), so he certainly can take the heat at Chiltern. The American-influenced menu features crab doughnuts, a signature deconstructed Caesar salad and steak tartar spiced with chipotle sauce.

Maria Maria Tallarico is a writer and editor with several years experience in the lifestyle realm, covering everything from luxury travel to pop culture for both print and digital publications including Forbes, LaineyGossip.com and VitaminDaily.com, as well as appearing regularly as an on-air entertainment contributor for CTV Morning Live. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two boys and grumpy Scottish Terrier.

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