By Lauren Harmes
Chiltern Street is arguably one of the glitziest streets in London – with celebrity spots galore juxtaposed against its independent galleries and cafés, as well as high fashion shops.
Check out our list for the top 7 things to do on this famous street.
1. Chiltern Firehouse
No list of things to do on Chiltern Street would be complete without a trip to the A-list Chiltern Firehouse. A favourite of royalty, film stars and musicians alike, it’s no surprise that their reservations book up months and months in advance. Plan your trip in advance to enjoy Head Chef Nuno Mendes’ menu including monkfish, octopus and panna cotta – or maybe just sink a few delicious cocktails while people watching!
2. The Wallace Collection
One of London’s most famous museums – the Wallace Collection is an 18th century house adorned with French furniture, paintings and art sculptures, as well as medieval armour and weaponry. Being open to the public since 1900, the Wallace Collection is like going back in time – and children can even try on armour and take part in artist-led workshops!
3. Atlas Gallery
If you like your culture a little more contemporary, Atlas showcases classic and modern 20th century vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion. It also solely represents famous photographers and hosts around six exhibitions a year so time your trip carefully.
4. Nordic Bakery
All of this culture is hungry work, so treat yourself to a yummy pastry at Scandi café Nordic Bakery. Its peaceful interiors and uncomplicated and honest attitude make it the perfect pit stop on a busy Chiltern Street. If you order one thing here, make sure it’s one of their incredible cinnamon buns washed down with a delicious coffee. You will be in Scandi heaven.
Time for a cocktail? It always is! Super-cool Purl is a cosy underground speakaeasy-style bar where you can enjoy some of their unique and novel cocktails in a very private setting. Enjoy the slow jazz playing over the sound system as you drink the night away on one of their uber-comfortable Chesterfield leather sofas – what could be better?!
6. John Simons
Looking for a good tailored suit? Look no further than John Simons. Having been in the fashion business for 65 years, John knows a thing or two about suits. Go for a classic look, or even peruse the authentic vintage clothes on offer in store that have a distinctive American style.
7. Jas Musicals
Finally, something on the more unusual side. Forget your guitars, drums and keyboards, Jas Musicals is a music store with a difference. Ever fancied learning how to play the sitar, the dhol or the harmonium? Now’s your chance as Jas Musicals stocks some of the most unique and unusual instruments from across the world and has done for the last 45 years. Customers include Jimmy Page and David Gray, and they even offer a repair service, music and books so you’ll always have support as you broaden your musical horizons.