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November 21, 2017

Harnessing a Horse Track

by Matthew Steeples

Well-equipped 0.5-mile harness racing track in Yorkshire for sale for £1.5 million; it was the scene of an “ear biting incident” by a traveler in 2009   A dream property for harness racing enthusiasts has been put up for sale in Yorkshire. Its star feature is a 0.5-mile all-weather racetrack and it also comes with … Continue reading “Harnessing a Horse Track”

October 29, 2017

A Silo in SoHo

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse in SoHo, New York for sale for 48% more than it was marketed for in 2007; it comes come complete with structures resembling a barn and a silo on its roof   This week the popular New York real estate blog 6sqft reported that a 1,250 square foot condo loft had gone on sale … Continue reading “A Silo in SoHo”

August 8, 2017

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

May 22, 2017

Making a Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading “Making a Manor”

May 13, 2017

Staging the Dollars

by Matthew Steeples

Prominent banker attempts to sell San Francisco mansion for a sum 205% higher than it achieved in 1993; it comes with an outdoor theatre   Built in 1904 of brick on a wood frame and subject to a seismic upgrade in 1994, 3444 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco was sold for $15.2 million … Continue reading “Staging the Dollars”

May 3, 2017

Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

English country house style flat in Earl’s Court complete with Italianate garden for sale   A ground and basement maisonette in Earl’s Court with a garden reminiscent of Tuscany has gone on sale for £2.25 million ($2.90 million, €2.66 million or درهم10.65 million).   The 1,503 square foot flat in Penywern Road, Earl’s Court is … Continue reading “Little Italy”

April 19, 2017

The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)

by Matthew Steeples

Though never a cross word was uttered between this duo during their visits to the sadly now defunct Chelsea restaurant La Brasserie, their dislike of what they perceived as “loud music” (and other forms of noise) made them retreat to a quiet corner. Known to occasionally ‘share’ a cocktail – though firm believers in “one … Continue reading “The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)”

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”

May 3, 2016

Modern Millicent

by Matthew Steeples

Modern Georgian style country house for sale for £19.5 million – complete with bowling alley and ‘Indian room’ with LED ‘night sky’ ceiling

April 3, 2016

Two guys sitting at a bar

by Matthew Steeples

An amusing artwork based on a conversation at a bar is to be offered at Christie’s in London in April

March 26, 2016

A Brunei double

by Matthew Steeples

Two extremely opulent ex-Sultan of Brunei Rolls-Royces offered for sale

January 18, 2016

A million pound lav

by Matthew Steeples

Former public lavatory in Spitalfields, London, E1 offered for sale for a staggering £1 million

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

September 1, 2015

Fire up the PJ

by Matthew Steeples

£45.7 million Virginia estate of the late Paul and Bunny Mellon complete with its own private one-mile long airstrip now available in lots

July 7, 2015

Francesco Macera

by General

Naples born Francesco Macera found fame in London whilst working at Frankie Dettori’s restaurant, Sette.

June 12, 2015

Sods, bitches and gin

by Matthew Steeples

Raising a toast to World Gin Day with VII Hills gin at La Brasserie

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki

June 1, 2015

Raising the bar

by Matthew Steeples

A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

April 27, 2015

Kensington Claus

by General

It’s Christmas every day for this bearded giant. Generally spotted in the pubs of South Kensington and always on his own, Kensington Claus has favoured drinking spots at each bar he visits

April 2, 2015

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Motcombs Bar & Restaurant offers what could quite possibly be the best set of bargains for drinkers in the affluent area of Belgravia during April – including two G&Ts for just £5.90

February 2, 2015

Passage to another world; we are not terrorists

by steepleadmin

Conflict photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts encounters with doctors and drunks in Donetsk and finds that all the people there want is for the world to know what is happening to them

December 6, 2014

Pablo Salcedo

by Matthew Steeples

This cheerful barman lives in Chelsea and works at La Brasserie in South Kensington.

August 6, 2014

Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

The eccentric owner of Old Brompton Road’s Nam Long Le Shaker was famed for creating the legendary Flaming Ferrari cocktail. A favourite of the likes of Lord Archer’s son, James, this lethal concoction consists of 100% proof rum, Chartreuse, Grand Marnier and Blue Curaçao. Of them Dang Cao commented: “If you drink three of them … Continue reading “Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)”

July 8, 2014

Monty’s menu

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples samples a menu inspired by Monty Python at The Rib Room   Michele Caggianese, the manger of The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is a man who can be relied upon to come up with clever marketing ideas and in his latest menu offering he’s created something that … Continue reading “Monty’s menu”

July 4, 2014

A cocktail that bites

by Matthew Steeples

The Rib Room dedicates a cocktail to Luis Suárez   Luis Suárez will go down in history for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup and in his honour Knightsbridge’s The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant have created a cocktail with a bite.

June 24, 2014

Justice for Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today he’s been proven right

May 5, 2014

Lettice Rowbotham

by Matthew Steeples

This Surrey based violinist and Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been described as “a mixture of the Duchess of York and Patsy from Ab Fab”. Lettice Rowbotham has played for Prince Charles, President Vladimir Putin and at Harvey Weinstein’s 2014 post-BAFTA party and of meeting Oprah Winfrey commented: “No, I didn’t know who she was. … Continue reading “Lettice Rowbotham”

April 22, 2014

Alejandro Flores

by Matthew Steeples

The most popular drink maker in Chelsea’s signature phrase is “Oh yes”. This jolly Bolivian is the bar manager at La Brasserie and invented a cocktail named after the television show Made in Chelsea. He is as passionate about Chelsea F.C. as he is about cocktail creation and when he’s around, there’s always a party. … Continue reading “Alejandro Flores”

March 31, 2014

An average penthouse

by Matthew Steeples

Renting a Knightsbridge penthouse for a month will cost as much as the purchase price of an average UK house   In February, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average UK house price has hit £250,000 for the first time. For just a little shy of that figure, a super-elite renter could take … Continue reading “An average penthouse”

February 14, 2014

Five of the Best: Hotel bars in New York City

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich selects his five favourite hotel bars in New York   Oliver Estreich, the founder of the well-known social network theNativeSociety, is the man about town to know in New York. Here, he selects five of his favourite hotel bars

December 12, 2013

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

by Matthew Steeples

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

October 16, 2013

Jeannette Etheredge

by Matthew Steeples

This legendary San Franciscan owned the city’s oldest bar, Tosca Cafe, from 1980 until 2013. She loved the regulars as much as the stars and though some describe Etheredge as “curmudgeonly”, this “grand dame” truly ran her bar with great grace and style. Her only rule was “don’t bother anyone” and as a result everyone … Continue reading “Jeannette Etheredge”

October 15, 2013

Getting Lyrical

by Matthew Steeples

Review: The Lyric in Soho   Soho is an area that one associates with the likes of pornographer Paul Raymond, gambling addict ‘Soho Pam’ and the legendarily rude landlord Norman Balon. Discovering The Lyric in Great Windmill Street, therefore, was a refreshing revelation.

October 12, 2013

Five of the Best: Gifts for a barfly

by Matthew Steeples

Items that will delight those who like to drink at home   Many readers of The Steeple Times are well known drinking aficionados. As a result, we thought it time to share five of the best items that will further improve your tippling pleasures

August 21, 2013

Tripping out

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests TripAdvisor needs to reform its ways   I’ve written about the ‘Trippies’ (those who write reviews on TripAdvisor) before and just like the ‘Groupies’ (voucher loving Groupon users), I’ve had direct experience of their type. They’re an accursed nuisance.

August 1, 2013

Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976)

by Matthew Steeples

The inventor of the Catseye road stud never married and was an eccentric Yorkshireman who kept four televisions running constantly so as not to miss anything. Shaw had two Rolls-Royces on the basis that he didn’t want to go without whilst one was being serviced and even built a replica of his local bar in … Continue reading “Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976)”

May 10, 2013

Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks entertainment journalist, author and teacher Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Generally being pessimistic and then being extra pleased if something good happens.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Ben Falk: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 9, 2013

Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Vino, feminae et Carmen.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Ask, believe, receive”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who … Continue reading “Jules Knight: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 7, 2013

New openings in SW3

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming restaurant openings in Chelsea   The restaurant business is a transient place and it seems no more so than in Chelsea.   Places come and go here and though there are a number of mainstays that have lasted for a considerable length of time, some last barely even two years. Beauchamp Place, commonly known … Continue reading “New openings in SW3”

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 12, 2013

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 16, 2012

Breakfast hawks

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Hawksmoor Guildhall, EC2V   In the first of a series, we publish a number of the most popular articles from the blog that conceived The Steeple Times. Here, in a February 2012 piece, Matthew Steeples reviews a boozy breakfast at Hawksmoor Guildhall with Anthony Brown. After seeing an image of their breakfast … Continue reading “Breakfast hawks”

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 12, 2012

John Gaze (1947 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A gent who operated by routine, whisky and 40 cigarettes a day. This clubman’s knowledge of London history was phenomenal and he was dedicated to his role as parish clerk at St. Michael’s Cornhill. Gaze, a Russian icon dealer with a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade, lived a life full of dramas that included being … Continue reading “John Gaze (1947 – 2011)”

November 11, 2012

Which bear will take the 13th seat?

by Matthew Steeples

Could the number 13 be the reason Halcyon Hall has failed to sell?   Several over the top Californian residences we’ve featured on The Steeple Times, namely the $40,000,000 Chateau d’Or in Bel Air and the $87,000,000 Villa del Lago on the Newport coast, were properties that have seen huge price reductions. Though $15,000,000 has … Continue reading “Which bear will take the 13th seat?”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

October 23, 2012

Twittering S-Pam

by Matthew Steeples

Pam Ayres makes a poem of Matthew Steeples   Yesterday, I found myself listening to a self-proclaimed “writer, broadcaster and entertainer” named Pam Ayres on BBC Radio 4.   An example of her style numbers:   “I am sittin’ on the sofa. By the fire and stayin’ in. Me head is free of comfort. And … Continue reading “Twittering S-Pam”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

October 8, 2012

The perils of fusion

by steepleadmin

Christian Huhnt reports on recent changes at Cassis restaurant   As I work in the arts and also collect wines, I find Cassis Bistro in South Kensington most comfortable as here I find myself surrounded by great works by Julian Opie, Gary Hume and Henri Matisse alongside as a humongous and well-stocked wine rack at … Continue reading “The perils of fusion”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

September 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

August 29, 2012

John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks John King, the sales manager for No. 11 Cadogan Gardens: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My parents.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Don’t get mad, charge more.”   Kerry … Continue reading “John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 5, 2012

Gin O’Clock

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrate World Gin Day at The Rib Room   At 12 noon I often receive a message from my good friend the photographer to the stars, John Stoddart. As a fellow gin aficionado, we regularly raise a toast to one another as well as all manner of others things. After all, as they say: “If … Continue reading “Gin O’Clock”

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