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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.

 

OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR

Luxury and the arts

From houses to cars and from Hockney to van Dyck, a profile of the best and the worst

June 1, 2013

A bit of a steel

by Matthew Steeples

The Mittal family market one of their three “Billionaires’ Row” homes for £7 million less than they paid for it   One of the world’s richest men, Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal paid £117 million in 2008 for No. 6 Palace Green in Kensington. He bought the property for his son, Aditya, from an Israeli-American … Continue reading “A bit of a steel”

May 30, 2013

Chanel – A brief history

by Katusha Fletcher

Katusha Fletcher takes a brief look at the history of the iconic brand Chanel   For a certain type of woman there is one label coveted above all others, Chanel. Founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel, daughter of an unwed laundress and street peddler, in early 20th century Paris, the House of Chanel epitomises effortless, … Continue reading “Chanel – A brief history”

May 25, 2013

Dark discoveries

by James Murphy

A review of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ by James Murphy  

May 22, 2013

The best view in London or an expensive way to live in London’s ‘naffest’ square?

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £16.95 million duplex penthouse in Trafalgar Square   Trafalgar Square is a place that most Londoners avoid. It’s a place for pigeons, protestors and tourists and though millions travel through it daily, most don’t tend to stop. In an article for The Guardian titled “Why I hate London’s Trafalgar Square”, the … Continue reading “The best view in London or an expensive way to live in London’s ‘naffest’ square?”

May 17, 2013

A Northern Downton

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of one of the North of England’s finest Georgian homes   Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey has undoubtedly led to a revival in interest in English country houses both in Britain and America and now with the sale of Burrow Hall in the Lune Valley in Lancashire, there is an opportunity to acquire one … Continue reading “A Northern Downton”

May 15, 2013

Rolling with a Winner

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Michael Winner’s Rolls-Royce Corniche III   “Calm down dear… It’s only a Rolls-Royce” might have been what the late Michael Winner stated when he took delivery of one of many Rolls-Royce’s he owned during his lifetime. Now, one of them, a black 1992 Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible is for sale at a … Continue reading “Rolling with a Winner”

Plated

by Matthew Steeples

30 of the best number plates sighted by Matthew Steeples   Our readers and followers love the number plates spotted by our editor Matthew Steeples.  

May 7, 2013

Lord of the Bond

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £400,000 castle owned by a man who was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond’s nom de plume Sir Hilary Bray, Bt and for many elements of 007’s character also   Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012) is largely thought of as the man whose persona Ian Fleming … Continue reading “Lord of the Bond”

Oiling up brings the Karma a Destino

by Matthew Steeples

Could a V8 engine save the Fisker brand?   Yesterday, FoxNews.com asked: “Can the internal combustion engine save the electric car?” and answered: “In the case of the Fisker Karma, it just might be”.  

April 25, 2013

New York’s priciest pad

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $125 million penthouse on the top three floors of The Pierre   In London this week, the Evening Standard announced that a 50,000 square foot Grade I listed Regency house, 18 Carlton House Terrace, SW1 has gone on the market at £250,000,000. If it achieves this figure, it will become the … Continue reading “New York’s priciest pad”

April 22, 2013

Mccreedy’s quintessence

by Thomas "T.J." James

Thomas James chats with artist Conor Mccreedy   The quintessence of any artist is what distinguishes them from others. So, when I met with Conor Mccreedy to ask him about his, he begins by reading me his artistic statement:   “I lose myself in a divine invention, where judgment is laid aside and my experiences in … Continue reading “Mccreedy’s quintessence”

It’s a matter of being first

by Matthew Steeples

The world’s most expensive registration plate comes to London   The world’s most expensive registration plate is currently gracing the streets of London on a dark red Rolls-Royce Phantom.  

April 20, 2013

Living like Lennon

by Matthew Steeples

The former home of John Lennon and his first car come to the market   After passing their driving test, most young people start with a clapped out Mini or a bashed up Beetle. John Lennon, though, began as he meant to go on and bought a Ferrari.   When The Beatles singer-songwriter passed his … Continue reading “Living like Lennon”

April 15, 2013

Proof that “The Best 4x4xFar” just keeps on going

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 40-year old Range Rover Classic   Just as Land Rover Jaguar have launched their fourth generation Range Rover L405, South Kensington garage Hexagon Classics are selling a much earlier example, a Range Rover Classic from 1973.  

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

April 4, 2013

For the love of Alfa

by Matthew Steeples

£1.8 million Alfa Romeo to be auctioned at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale   The Bonhams auction that coincides with the Goodwood Festival of Speed always features rare and impressive vehicles, but a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 ‘Le Mans’ tourer that will be sold there is truly spectacular.  

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 15, 2013

We’re still at The Sherry

by Matthew Steeples

The $95 million apartment of the world’s richest travel agent remains for sale after six months of marketing   The Sherry-Netherland is one of New York’s finest skyscraper apartment-hotels and one of the city’s best known landmarks. The world’s richest travel agent and co-founder of Liberty Travel, Gilbert Haroche, who occupies the entire 18th floor … Continue reading “We’re still at The Sherry”

March 9, 2013

Five of the best: Treehouses

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best palaces in the trees   When one thinks of treehouses, one generally imagines pretty rudimentary creations built out of old boards and bits of rope. Now, though, treehouses are becoming more and more extravagant. As individuals such as J. K. Rowling and the Duchess of Northumberland construct vast palaces in the … Continue reading “Five of the best: Treehouses”

Over Pegged

by Matthew Steeples

A 1954 Pegaso Z-102 fails to sell at Amelia Island   Earlier this week we reported that a one-off Spanish supercar, a Pegaso Z-102 Series II cabriolet by Saoutchik, was to go to auction at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island today, Saturday 9th March 2013.

March 5, 2013

Pining for a Pegaso

by Matthew Steeples

A rare Spanish made supercar heads to auction at Amelia Island   Spain is not a country that one naturally associates with supercars but between 1951 and 1958, Pegaso, a company known for producing buses, trucks and tractors, manufactured approximately 84 state-of-the-art sports cars. One of these rarities, a one-off 1954 Z-102 Series II cabriolet … Continue reading “Pining for a Pegaso”

Incurring no wrath

by Matthew Steeples

Images of Rolls-Royce’s latest model, the Wraith, are leaked ahead of its Geneva debut   When someone “incurs your wrath”, they make you angry but with the addition of an ‘I’ the word comes to be a Scottish dialectal word for “ghost” or “spirit”.   Today, 5th March 2013, Rolls-Royce launch their latest model, an … Continue reading “Incurring no wrath”

March 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

March 1, 2013

Rapid brakes

by Matthew Steeples

The revival of the shooting brake   The 2012/2013 shooting season may well be over, but one of Italy’s finest automotive design houses, Bertone, are about to showcase a shooting brake they have created to coincide with Aston Martin’s centenary and their having worked with the English brand for 60 years at the 2013 Geneva … Continue reading “Rapid brakes”

February 22, 2013

Reduced times

by Matthew Steeples

The tale of a pioneer landowner reduced to bankruptcy and a Baywatch babe fighting off her debtors   Former Baywatch babe turned animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson purchased 23445 Malibu Colony Drive in Malibu, California in 2000 for $1,800,000 with her then husband and subsequent on-off lover Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. She has just … Continue reading “Reduced times”

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

February 13, 2013

Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle’s holiday villa, La Maison de Bang Bang   Just as it is reported that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is said to be furious about photographers having managed to capture her in a bikini on a beach on the private island of Mustique, another of her previous … Continue reading “Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap”

February 12, 2013

Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day

by Matthew Steeples

Five ways to please someone special on Valentine’s Day   With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, we offer five suggestions for gifts for ladies, gents and to enjoy together. Naturally, there’s something for all budgets.   For her:   Bougie Macaron Girls love macarons and they love Bougie’s creations more than any other. These delicate, … Continue reading “Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day”

December 19, 2012

Whisky, drama and power

by Matthew Steeples

Eilean Aigas: a Scottish island that has been the retreat of aristocrats, authors and international business moguls

December 17, 2012

Legged off

by steepleadmin

Fashion writer Jacinta de Vere looks into the perils of wearing leggings, jeggings and meggings   What is up with women who assume leggings paired with a short top or crop jacket is a good idea for a night out or a trip to the supermarket? Leggings are not trousers, ladies. Leggings are actually the … Continue reading “Legged off”

Five of the best: Holiday rentals

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best places to escape to with family and friends in 2013   Farmhouse, Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA Crafted of materials from an 1800s Pennsylvania bank barn, this classic American farmhouse forms part of the exclusive Blackberry Farm, one of America’s most celebrated luxury culinary escapes. Set in 4,200-acres, this stylish property … Continue reading “Five of the best: Holiday rentals”

December 8, 2012

Wintering with the elite

by steepleadmin

Thomas James explores the winter holiday destinations of the jetset   The season is upon us and I like to think the thing that is most cherished of all this time of year is creating memories with those we love. Moreover, “my tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best,” once stated Winston … Continue reading “Wintering with the elite”

December 6, 2012

Hallowed Be Thy Name

by steepleadmin

Andreas Kirchberger captures guests and performers at a private view of Zoobs: Hallowed Be Thy Name   On 31st October, Mews42 gallery and Northacre Plc hosted a private view titled Zoobs: Hallowed Be Thy Name in Battersea’s iconic Albion Riverside development. As well as showcasing a variety of artworks, Ilona Pacia of Mews42 also displayed … Continue reading “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

December 4, 2012

An evening of champions

by steepleadmin

Andreas Kirchberger captures guests and performers at the Champions in the Community fundraising dinner   On Thursday 10th November 2012, Gina and Alan Miller and The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP hosted a dinner at London’s Hurlingham Club to raise funds for the charities supported by Miller Philanthropy and The Centre for Social Justice. … Continue reading “An evening of champions”

December 3, 2012

Seeing RED

by steepleadmin

Our new columnist Jacinta de Vere analyses fashion’s most dangerous colour   I really enjoy seeing people take various pieces that you would think would look hideous on their own and combine them to make a fantastic look. Alternatively, there are people who take one piece and manage to look like a hot mess.   … Continue reading “Seeing RED”

December 2, 2012

Let there be light!

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas James examines the Luzinterruptus art movement   Luzinterruptus is a Spanish artistic group, who create temporary urban interventions in public spaces. Using light as their primary component and the black of night as their canvas, the group consists of three anonymous artists from different artistic backgrounds. Interestingly, the artistic group’s name Luzinterruptus is of … Continue reading “Let there be light!”

November 29, 2012

A Gipsy flies

by Matthew Steeples

The story of a 1929 bi-plane with a truly fascinating pedigree   Britain’s best-known wartime Prime Minister piloted a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that will be sold by auctioneers Bonhams in February 2013 at a guide of £120,000. The same craft was also featured in an iconic 1980s film and was also supposedly flown by a … Continue reading “A Gipsy flies”

November 27, 2012

Blessed Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Victoria Beckham tours Brian Blessed’s former home   In April, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times featured an article on Clarence House in Richmond.   At the time this former school and home of actor Brian Blessed was priced at £22,500,000 but after languishing on the market, the price has been slashed by £4,500,000 … Continue reading “Blessed Beckham”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by General

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 13, 2012

More Purdey than Posh

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I made is too rude to put in print, but the jist is that it’s ‘slammed’ rear styling reminded me … Continue reading “More Purdey than Posh”