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The Steeple Times is an online magazine with a following of upto 880,000 unique views per day on our best day yet.

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  • We currently have 65 contributing authors who range from students to the actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff and the champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

MOVERS & SHAKERS

The snakes and ladders of society

A chronicle of drama, scandal and success in London, Paris, New York and elsewhere

April 8, 2017

Overheard – 8th April

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Candy Knockers At Scalini in Knightsbridge, two brash housebuilders from Essex sat devouring veal chops. One referenced his idols and observed: “The Candy brothers have a brilliant setup. They are like the Peter Stringfellows of property”. The other looked puzzled but the first … Continue reading “Overheard – 8th April”

April 4, 2017

Blabbermouth Burrell

by Matthew Steeples

Butler-turned-blabbermouth Paul Burrell sinks to a new low; he should retreat to Siberia and live out his days privately   Cat-like Paul Burrell again and again reinvents himself. Somehow, in spite of already having undeservedly exhausted more than nine lives, this ghastly individual is back in the press and this time he’s milking the story … Continue reading “Blabbermouth Burrell”

March 31, 2017

Overheard – 31st March

by General

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Ferry & Yah A PR maven at the Chiltern Firehouse loudly spoke into her mobile. She speedily told the person at the other end of the line: “Bryan Ferry is amazing. Yah. Super yah… I saw his son in 5 Hertford Street. That … Continue reading “Overheard – 31st March”

March 27, 2017

Taxi!

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1938 Austin taxi to be auctioned; it is one of just four known to survive   On 29th March, the very day Theresa May taxis towards Brexit and triggers Article 50, H&H Classics will auction a 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts at their Imperial War … Continue reading “Taxi!”

March 24, 2017

The Community Conundrum

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea locals bemoan the loss of their community gathering point   Last night at The Enterprise in Walton Street, a group of bereft locals gathered to hold a wake in honour of the demise of their favoured meeting spot, La Brasserie.   No one present denied the fact that there are plenty of other bars … Continue reading “The Community Conundrum”

March 12, 2017

Power Pays

by Matthew Steeples

That a convicted paedophile is able to avoid a jail sentence is an utter disgrace especially given pensioners get locked up for non-payment of TV licence fees; Old Etonian Andrew Picard shouldn’t be on the streets, he should be in the clink   Andrew Picard (AKA Andrew Laurence and Andrew Boeckman) was caught with 1,185 … Continue reading “Power Pays”

Website of the Week – Overheard and Seen in Whitstable

by Matthew Steeples

Facebook page where Whitstable locals spend time moaning and arguing will have you in hysterics; welcome to an example of a modern day spouting place for ‘Busybody Britain’   You’ll likely have come across the Facebook page ‘Overheard in Waitrose’. It has garnered over 500,000 likes since its inception in April 2014, but, for those … Continue reading “Website of the Week – Overheard and Seen in Whitstable”

March 11, 2017

Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob

by Matthew Steeples

Acid tongued food blogger Jack Monroe’s libel victory over right wing media personality Katie Hopkins represents a victory for only their lawyers   Katie Hopkins undoubtedly spouts a lot of hot air but that she lost a libel action yesterday brought by the acid tongued food blogger Jack “I don’t want my boobs anymore” Monroe … Continue reading “Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob”

February 24, 2017

Jog On Jenner

by Matthew Steeples

Caitlyn Jenner proves herself to be truly hypocritical; it is time this self-publicist were simply ignored   Caitlyn Jenner is a person with nothing else on her agenda other than keeping herself in the public eye. This transgender ‘reality star’ appeared to support Donald Trump’s election campaign in 2016, spoke at the Republican National Convention … Continue reading “Jog On Jenner”

February 13, 2017

Warring Ward

by Matthew Steeples

Champagne swiller Dawn Ward “at war” with one-time friend and fellow WAG and cast member of ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’ Leanne Brown   Yesterday, The Sun on Sunday reported that a favourite of all at The Steeple Times, Dawn Ward, is “at war over a £500,000 loan”.   43-year old Mrs Ward, whose attempts … Continue reading “Warring Ward”

January 30, 2017

The Whinging Wintertons

by Matthew Steeples

Former MPs Sir Nicolas Winterton and his wife Ann are not worthy of a glowing set of memoirs – Instead, this pair of ghastly grabbers deserve all the criticism ever thrown at them   Excerpts from Sir Nicholas and his equally bombastically ghastly wife Lady (Ann) Winterton’s daughter’s memoirs about her parents’ career were published … Continue reading “The Whinging Wintertons”

January 27, 2017

Getting Ghastly

by Matthew Steeples

Society bible ‘Tatler’ is wrong to take issue with the word “ghastly”   Joanna Lumley once described the phrase “quality time” as “ghastly” and she was right. Mary Berry used the same word to describe reality programmes and Rupert Everett considers marriage to be exactly that too. “Ghastly” is a word that has many uses … Continue reading “Getting Ghastly”

January 25, 2017

Wally of the Week – Sarah Vine

by Matthew Steeples

Backstabber Michael Gove’s wife’s attack on Gina Miller confirms her for what she truly is – Sarah Vine is nothing but an OKA loving wally   In this morning’s Daily Mail, the wife of the traitorous, creepy Tory politician Michael Gove MP, Sarah Vine, penned a catty and badly written diatribe attacking Gina Miller as … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Sarah Vine”

Trumping Wildenstein

by Matthew Steeples

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein puts her Trump World Tower apartment on the market after recent court appearance for “clawing” her boyfriend’s face   “No showings before 12pm” shouts the listing on realtor Douglas Elliman’s homepage and given how the owner of the property they’re currently selling no doubt looks of a morning, one need not wonder … Continue reading “Trumping Wildenstein”

January 24, 2017

Mind Your Mariella

by Matthew Steeples

Mariella Frostup heartlessly berates a woman married to an alcoholic   Mariella Frostrup was described as having “the sexiest female voice on TV” in 2008. She was born in Norway, is the daughter of an alcoholic and has political views described as “a bit left-of-centre”. She hob-knobs with Gerard Butler, Graydon Carter, George Clooney and … Continue reading “Mind Your Mariella”

January 17, 2017

Seeking Truth

by Matthew Steeples

Circumstances of George Michael’s death questioned by former friend Andros Georgiou   In 2012, George Michael’s “childhood friend” – this morning described by the Mail Online as his “cousin” – Andros Georgiou told The Sun: “The last thing I would ever want is for one of us to be standing over the other’s grave, wishing … Continue reading “Seeking Truth”

January 7, 2017

Overheard – 7th January

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Get me a Krug! At The Botanist on Sloane Square in London, a visiting Yorkshire lass told her assembled crew: “They do sell a prosecco but I told the bartender: ‘I don’t want any of that s**t. Get me a Krug!’” This Dawn … Continue reading “Overheard – 7th January”

January 5, 2017

No Vision

by Matthew Steeples

The Evening Standard sinks to a new low with a list of the predictions for 2017 from a bunch of the “capital’s wisest visionaries”   The Evening Standard used to publish revealing stories and its weekly ES Magazine was always a place where one could expect to see Dominic Dunne-esque revelations of society’s highs and … Continue reading “No Vision”

December 9, 2016

A Catty Catastrophe

by Matthew Steeples

‘Bride of Wildenstein’ got her claws out in New York; her boyfriend learns a lesson about playing with cats   Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once remarked: “Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched” and now, it seems, 76-year old plastic surgery obsessive and feline lookalike Jocelyn Wildenstein’s boyfriend has ended up … Continue reading “A Catty Catastrophe”

December 4, 2016

Old and New – Sloanes

by Matthew Steeples

New series contrasting the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ begins with Sloane Rangers   Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lady Diana Spencer used to drink at The Admiral Codrington whilst Sloanes named Perdita and Peregrine downed gin like it was water in The Australian in Milner Street.   Loud braces and yellow cords … Continue reading “Old and New – Sloanes”

November 28, 2016

Degenerates and Dr Nastro

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples alerts event hosts in London to Dr Nastro, Ian Thomas and their merry gang of party crashing cohorts   Last Wednesday, in London, around twenty gatecrashers arrived at a party I was co-hosting.   ‘Invited’ by someone named Ian Thomas and a character who goes by the plainly invented moniker of ‘Dr Nastro’ … Continue reading “Degenerates and Dr Nastro”

Smashing a “Star”

by Matthew Steeples

YouTube “star” has his ridiculous gold wrapped BMW smashed with a baseball bat during a photo shoot in New York whilst blocking traffic   Though he has 2.7 million subscribers to his feed on YouTube and 201,000 followers on Instagram, New Yorker Coby Persin is someone most of our readers will unlikely ever heard. He … Continue reading “Smashing a “Star””

November 26, 2016

Wally of the Week – Joe Corré

by Matthew Steeples

Vivienne Westwood’s son pathetically burns £5 million of memorabilia as a protest; he should have given it to charity   Fans rightly reacted angrily when Dame Vivienne Westwood’s publicity loving son Joe Corré set fire to £5 million worth of memorabilia given to him by his mother and late father Malcolm McLaren on the River … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Joe Corré”

November 23, 2016

Overheard – 23rd November

by General

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Missing the Phoenixes In Pret South Kensington, several parents sat chatting whilst their noisy children ran riot. One father remarked: “We had to call the kids ‘Rain’ and ‘River’ because… Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it?” Another dad, plainly perplexed and plainly without an … Continue reading “Overheard – 23rd November”

November 16, 2016

Overheard – 16th November

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Defining an Aston In Cecconi’s in Mayfair, a group of salesmen convened to discuss sales figures. The head honcho told the group: “We’re not selling enough Astons… It’s not because they’re a bad risk, it’s because you don’t understand them so I’ll tell … Continue reading “Overheard – 16th November”

November 9, 2016

Maximilian Wiedemann – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with M&A broker turned artist Maximilian Wiedemann   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I say: “The only pain is champagne”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Be honest, get honest”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Maximilian Wiedemann – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

November 7, 2016

The Troubling Trumpettes

by Matthew Steeples

America should worry about who will guide it if Donald Trump wins this week; here we highlight a troubling example   This morning, in the final hours of the 2016 American election campaign, a plastic faced socialite named Toni Holt Kramer, “who flits between mansions in Florida and California” according to The Telegraph, gave an … Continue reading “The Troubling Trumpettes”

November 6, 2016

A Force For Good

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Kitty Spencer is an example of someone with privilege who uses it for the good of others; we salute her   Kitty Spencer, as she prefers to be known, has it all. She’s actually really Lady Kitty Spencer and she is the niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. She grew up in … Continue reading “A Force For Good”

November 5, 2016

Banish Boy George

by Matthew Steeples

Boy George shows his nasty side (yet again); it’s time he was banished   Boy George blocked The Steeple Times on Twitter after we pointed out that the BBC really shouldn’t continue to promote this convicted repeat offender. This week, he once again showed his nasty side when he appeared on a television show in … Continue reading “Banish Boy George”

November 4, 2016

The Sewer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on a confrontation at the Saatchi Gallery   Last night, at a party at the Saatchi Gallery, I was accosted by a dishevelled and somewhat nutty woman named Melanie Rochester.   In the presence of my good friend Oliver Newton, this “very strange and quite unstable” harridan ranted: “You know who I … Continue reading “The Sewer”

November 2, 2016

A Soho Secret

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples meets Christopher Flourentzou, a little-known tailor but one well worth knowing   There are tailors and then there’s Christopher Flourentzou. Described as a “master of copying a pattern” by the well-known hairstylist Luke Hersheson and originally from Liopetri, Cyprus, this talented Soho craftsman has made suits for many a Savile Row firm.   … Continue reading “A Soho Secret”

November 1, 2016

Africa my Africa

by Matthew Steeples

A private view featuring works by the actor and artist Edward Akrout   On 27th October, at the Gallery of African Art in Albermarle Street, Mayfair a private view of a group exhibition titled Africa my Africa: Connecting Boundaries was held.   Featuring works by amongst others Edward Akrout – better known for his roles … Continue reading “Africa my Africa”

October 25, 2016

Powering a Wedding

by Matthew Steeples

Publicity seeking duo share details of their wedding – prepare to be amused at the bizarre details of their ridiculously over-the-top nuptials   New York based Norah Lawlor is undoubtedly a talented PR and her ability to create something out of nothing is a quality that we at The Steeple Times admire. The stories that … Continue reading “Powering a Wedding”

October 19, 2016

Airing Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Donna Air shares her views on bums, being called a “Chelsea bitch” and Theresa May   In last weekend’s Mail on Sunday, Donna Air – a lady who famously once asked the Corrs sisters: “Where did you meet? – was interviewed in a feature named ‘Shrink Rap: Inside the head of… Donna Air’.   In … Continue reading “Airing Theresa”

Beating Brashness

by Matthew Steeples

Hillary Clinton usurps Donald Trump in her use of a comparably modest campaign plane   Hillary Clinton is often criticised by Donald Trump for having a mammoth campaigning staff but yesterday she illustrated her relative modesty when her much smaller, leased campaign plane landed next to his at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.   Clinton’s … Continue reading “Beating Brashness”

October 9, 2016

It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

by Matthew Steeples

John Stoddart’s ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’ exhibition in Whitstable   On Friday 7th October John Stoddart hosted a private view of an exhibition titled It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll at The Fish Slab Gallery in Whitstable, Kent.     Amongst the twenty-two photographs on display – all captured in the days when musicians weren’t … Continue reading “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll”

October 5, 2016

Right Wing Hour

by Matthew Steeples

David Baddiel announces that the BBC needs to get a ‘Right Wing Hour’   This morning, in the Mail Online, the comedian David Baddiel surprisingly announced that the “lefty BBC” needs to change its ways.   In comments to the Sebastian Shakespeare column, Baddiel announced:   “There is generally a centre-Left, liberal bias to the … Continue reading “Right Wing Hour”

September 27, 2016

Overheard – 27th September

by General

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   In a departure from our normal mix, all of this week’s clangers come from a duo overheard at a bar. Both are Chelsea toffs – or consider themselves such – and both were a little beyond over refreshed.   On state schools: The … Continue reading “Overheard – 27th September”

September 16, 2016

Nolan Browne – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with Nolan Browne, manager of London’s Taschen store and Gallery Nolan Browne   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Ambition.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Rubbish in, rubbish out.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in … Continue reading “Nolan Browne – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

September 8, 2016

Overheard – 8th September

by General

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   How to Spend It Prior to RM Auctions’ Battersea sale, an American woman conversed with the dealers advising her on the £1 million car she wished to purchase. She curtly told one: “I don’t spend money, I make money. Yes, I spend money … Continue reading “Overheard – 8th September”

August 12, 2016

The Duke of Westminster

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Gerald Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Westminster (1951 – 2016)   Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster was a man of duty dedicated to his country, its military and to the countryside he so loved.   Described in a poignant tribute on the Grosvenor Estate’s website as “distinctly down-to-earth” and … Continue reading “The Duke of Westminster”

July 19, 2016

An SW3 raid

by Matthew Steeples

Home Office immigration enforcement officials raid SW3 apartment block that counts actress Jacqueline Bisset amongst its residents   A ritzy Chelsea apartment building that counts Bullitt star actress Jacqueline Bisset amongst its residents was raided by Home Office immigration enforcement officers on Friday last.   Crompton Court on the corner of Brompton Road and Pelham … Continue reading “An SW3 raid”

May 12, 2016

Pricking Bonneville

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville shares his views on the self-satisfied classes

May 2, 2016

PACTing up

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer packs in charity

April 20, 2016

Raw Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Private view of ‘Raw Hide’ by Amrita Bilimoria at Coya London

What’s Up?

by Matthew Steeples

Private view of ‘What’s Up?’ in Soho

April 12, 2016

Overheard – 12th April

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

March 30, 2016

Instagram karma

by Matthew Steeples

Stefano Gabbana mocks Sir Elton John over sexual harassment allegations

March 21, 2016

Boy George scratched

by Matthew Steeples

Viewers left asking how Boy George acquired facial bruising and scratches

March 16, 2016

Ex-ing Rutland

by Matthew Steeples

Evening Standard describes Tamara Ecclestone’s husband Jay Rutland as her “ex-husband”; do they know something the public have yet to learn?

February 25, 2016

Out of Fashion

by Matthew Steeples

London echoes New York in bemoaning what its Fashion Week (and other events) have become dominated by

February 17, 2016

The power of The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

Leading party crasher David Pun shares details of his surprisingly impressive at an event in Central London

February 9, 2016

Wally of the Week: Jonny Smith

by General

Lottery scratch card faker Jonny Smith made an utter fool of himself (and won’t now be shopping at Waitrose)

January 17, 2016

Godly Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

Imprisoned polo playing mogul turned Bentley wielding hit-and-run killer John Goodman finds religion

January 13, 2016

Noelle Blackman

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Respond charity CEO Dr Noelle Blackman: What’s on your mantelpiece?

December 24, 2015

Small penises and big egos

by Matthew Steeples

Reports of what went on at a brash Gstaad party weekend hosted by ASmallworld provides evidence of a gathering of nothing but small penises and big egos

December 22, 2015

An alphabet of fabulous names

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples makes a selection of people with the most wacky and unusual names on the planet including petrol seller Dick Assman and debt administrator Filet Minyon

December 2, 2015

Girls and boys

by George Appleton

George Appleton shares his pet hate: Girls who have boys’ names

December 1, 2015

Overheard: 1st December

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ in the last week

November 29, 2015

The dribble of Doble

by Matthew Steeples

In the week that Denis Doble was thrown out of a party, the ‘Evening Standard’ scandalously offers tips on how to get in

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