The Chiltern Firehouse

Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary at Chiltern Firehouse
by Maureen Buckley

In March, we were lucky to celebrate our Ruby Wedding anniversary. Forty years, where has it gone? As a truly memorable treat, our daughters [not forgetting our son-in-laws] planned and organised a stay at the Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone. This was particularly special as the building holds wonderful memories for us both. Firstly, my husband was a fire-fighter and started his career at this station in 1969. But also, in 1970 my own family were very fortunate to move in to the top flat above the fire station, as my Dad was a Senior Fire Officer. After some time, a romance evolved between us. We went on to plan a wedding for March 1974.

On the morning of our wedding I was thrilled to walk, on the arm of my dad through a ‘Guard of honour’ of fire-fighters, assembled in the appliance room. The appliance room is now a buzzing restaurant offering a delightful menu! It was here that we had lunch to celebrate, accompanied by our daughters and son-in-laws. Not only that, but they arranged an overnight stay in this superb hotel, where we were greeted by a wonderful team of staff, who showed genuine interest in our story.  They gave us a tour of the building, including the look-out tower, with the most amazing views.

To be able to return to the Firehouse and be upgraded to the most superb suite, made our celebration ever more exceptional, not to mention at times emotional for me. I would truly recommend a visit to this beautiful building which has been sympathetically renovated, in itself an experience, but you will be guaranteed a wonderful time.

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