Lindsay Lohan ran up a £37,000 unpaid bill at Chateau Marmont before being asked to leave and Johnny Depp was recently in the news for spending a rumoured £24,000 a month on wine.
“As long as things are consensual and you don’t disturb anyone else, everything’s okay,” Balazs says, genially.
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Staff at the Chiltern Firehouse are used to catering to every whim.
” When another customer arrives with a small fluffy dog, Balazs insists it should eat steak tartare and a uniformed man appears bearing an ornate golden bowl, which he places with a flourish on the carpet.
The 46-year-old couldn't contain her grin as she made her way into the eatery.
Looking chic in a simple outfit of ripped blue jeans and pink boots, Kylie wrapped up from the January chill in a stylish grey coat with a fur-trimmed hood.
Andre is the mastermind behind many popular celebrity hangouts, including A-list haunt Chateaux Marmont in Los Angeles.
It's rumoured the 57-year-old business man is wooing the Australian stunner with nights out and lavish gifts, although the pair are yet to confirm their romance.
Andre Balazs does not talk so much as purr and, as befits one of the world’s most successful hoteliers, his tanned features are almost as smooth as his manner. Madonna has stayed here, David Cameron has eaten in the restaurant and Bradley Cooper has been spotted in the secret smoking area (accessed through a mirrored door in the loo). He runs some of the most ludicrously hip establishments in existence — the Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Standard in several cities and, of course, the Chiltern Firehouse, which opened on a sleepy Marylebone street in 2014.
We meet in the plush opulence of the Chiltern Firehouse, one of Balazs’ string of mega-cool boutique hotels, and the first thing he wants to know is if my tea is drinkable. He is here to promote its glossy cookbook, with recipes from chef Nuno Mendes and a foreword from regular Stephen Fry. “If it’s done properly, it’s just the right balance of sweet and sour.” He grins.
He concedes the whole celebrity thing can, on occasion, be “a huge problem”.