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Tag: Basia Briggs

April 13, 2017

Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with contemporary artist Alexander Newley   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Eros, anger, anxiety, love – in perfect and contradictory admixture.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? When fate raises its sword to make you tremble, … Continue reading “Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

December 1, 2016

Returning to Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

More pictures from Matthew Steeples and Rowena Romulo’s party at Romulo Café   Today, we share a further selection of images from the party Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times co-hosted with Rowena Romulo at Romulo Café in Kensington High Street.   Guests on the night numbered the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom H.E. … Continue reading “Returning to Romulo”

November 30, 2016

Raising the Roof to Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

An evening of cocktails and fine Filipino food at Romulo Café   On 23rd November in London, Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times co-hosted a party with financier turned restaurateur Rowena Romulo at her recently opened Café Romulo – the fourth outpost of a family owned and managed group of restaurants and the first outside … Continue reading “Raising the Roof to Romulo”

March 26, 2016

A boat named Daniel

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford name their boat ‘Daniel’ in honour of the late, great Daniel Topolski

November 16, 2015

Quicksilver

by Matthew Steeples

Basia and Richard Briggs host the launch of ‘Quicksilver’, HRH Princess Michael of Kent’s latest volume in the Anjou trilogy

June 23, 2015

Lady Elizabeth Anson

by General

The Queen’s party planner since 1960, Ladbroke Grove based Lady Elizabeth Anson is tee-total and doesn’t smoke.

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

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

April 2, 2015

Video of the Week: SketchShe

by Matthew Steeples

YouTube hit Australian trio SketchShe share a lip sync medley of classic tracks that will brighten your day

March 6, 2015

Nancy Dell’Olio

by General

A whirlwind of energy accompanies Nancy Dell’Olio wherever she goes.

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

July 7, 2014

The hats of Henley

by Matthew Steeples

The 2014 Henley Royal Regatta was a fashionable affair   The run up to this year’s Henley Royal Regatta widely featured in the news in the context of a book named Rowing Blazers that is published today, the 7th July.

April 20, 2014

Tim Walker

by Matthew Steeples

The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ columnist is a man not afraid to take on the establishment. Together with his now former colleague Richard Eden, Walker’s diary extensively featured stories about the charitable activities of Lady Meyer in 2011 and made a fool of the PR for Mastercard after they told him what he was to tweet in … Continue reading “Tim Walker”

July 11, 2013

Masking the tusks

by Matthew Steeples

Elephant Family raises £300,000 at their Clarence House ball   On Tuesday evening, society faces gathered in the gardens of the home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for a reception for masked ball to raise funds for Mark Shand’s charity, the Elephant Family.

June 16, 2013

Anne Dunhill

by Matthew Steeples

This Roman Catholic novelist and Italian translator’s works have included A Darker Shade of Love, Web of Passion and Anita: A Memoir. A former debutante and model, Dunhill also writes about love, life and lunches on the site Angela Darling’s Blog and is a granddaughter of the luxury goods titan Alfred Dunhill.

March 18, 2013

The Autograph Hunter

by Matthew Steeples

He seeks them here, he seeks them there, he seeks those autographs everywhere. This character is undoubtedly London’s leading collector of signatures and often spotted at society parties. Of him, little else is known.

March 14, 2013

Basia and Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

A new arrival at Hyde Park Stables   Basia Briggs, once described as “irrepressibly sunny” by the Daily Mail’s John McEntee, is as well known for her knowledge of the history of London as she is for being the owner of the Hyde Park Stables.     Now, in honour of her good friend the … Continue reading “Basia and Berkoff”

October 31, 2012

The tortoise of car runs

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples introduces the 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run   This Sunday, the 4th November, is the 116th year since the first London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It is the longest running motoring event in the world and to qualify, competing cars have to have been built before 1905.     This … Continue reading “The tortoise of car runs”

October 17, 2012

Portraits in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the private view of Aliona Adrianova’s Portraits at LINLEY   On the 10th October 2012, a private view of the works of the portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova was held at LINLEY in Albermarle Street, Mayfair. The Steeple Times was honoured to be asked to be the media partner for the event … Continue reading “Portraits in Mayfair”

August 18, 2012

Adam Caldwell

by Matthew Steeples

A rising star in the interiors industry. Caldwell, who hails from Gastonia, North Carolina, has just completed a stint as a freelance designer at NH Design by Nicky Haslam and is now based in New York. He has a penchant for colourful trousers and American-style cookies.

July 11, 2012

Just what the doctor ordered

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Elistano, Chelsea   Lunch in the company of Rex Leyland, who co-founded The Restaurant Doctor with Pierre Koffman and Terence Martin, is always a pleasure as he is frankly one of the most passionate foodies I’ve ever encountered. We recently met, along with the former restaurateur Anthony Brown, at Elistano in Chelsea … Continue reading “Just what the doctor ordered”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 15, 2012

Petronella Wyatt

by Matthew Steeples

“Petsy” brilliantly combines life as a writer and journalist with being a social dynamo. When interviewing Janet Anderson, then Labour Minister for Women, she suggested that: “Under Labour, women will become more promiscuous.” Her own relationship with Boris Johnson was a very public affair but the daughter of Lord Wyatt of Weeford deserves to be … Continue reading “Petronella Wyatt”

May 13, 2012

Nicholas “Nick” Witchell

by Matthew Steeples

This newscaster and royal correspondent reports for the BBC daily. He’s lesser known these days for having sat on a lesbian protestor who invaded his studio in 1988 and for having written a book, The Loch Ness Story, in which he declares his belief in the existence of the creature to be “quite unshakeable.” There’s … Continue reading “Nicholas “Nick” Witchell”

John Simpson CBE

by Matthew Steeples

A Chelsea resident who travels the globe reporting from all manner of war zones. He’s avoided bullets in Tiananmen Square and was punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson on his first day working at the BBC. He freely admits to having had tried hallucinogenic drugs. One resulting hallucination consisted of a 6ft goldfish in … Continue reading “John Simpson CBE”

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

May 9, 2012

Barnaby Rodgers

by Matthew Steeples

The son of screen legend Anton Rodgers is one to watch in the drinks industry. He’s worked with some of the top brands but is now embarking on a new chapter guiding strategy for a variety of clients. He’s a dab hand in the kitchen and also responsible for the phrase: “I’d rather eat wasps.”

April 28, 2012

Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)

by Matthew Steeples

English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter. His career pottered along until he won an Oscar for Gosford Park in 2002. Subsequent success came with Downton Abbey in 2011 but his personal obsession with the Titanic disaster resulted in an iceberg of a flop with a 2012 ITV mini-series on the subject. Parties at Stafford … Continue reading “Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)”

April 27, 2012

Neil & Christine Hamilton

by Matthew Steeples

Eternally cheerful survivors. They’re amongst the few who’ve beaten both Max Clifford and speed cameras. No one ever guesses what they’ll do next.

Basia Briggs

by Matthew Steeples

A truly good egg. Owner of the Hyde Park Stables and always spotted at the best parties. Superbly knowledgeable about London history and the daughter of Polish aristocrats, Briggs was once affectionately referred to as a “Poliwog” by an equerry to Prince Michael of Kent. She paid £6,000 for the Union Jack egg by Mark … Continue reading “Basia Briggs”

Aliona Adrianova

by Matthew Steeples

Hailing from Ukraine, Aliona Adrianova is making her mark photographing the likes of Steven Berkoff, Barbara Minto, Basia Briggs, Arfi Lamba, Gina Miller, Aita Ighodaro and Drummond Money-Coutts. An exhibition at Linley in Mayfair in October 2012 was a mammoth success. Be sure to book her now as this awareness of this talented lady is … Continue reading “Aliona Adrianova”

April 16, 2012

Sinking television

by Matthew Steeples

Sinking television A review of Julian Fellowes’s “Titanic”   Against better advice, I watched all four episodes of Julian Fellowes’s Titanic television drama. Nothing much happened in the first three episodes but unlike many others, I preserved and watched the final episode on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star passenger liner. … Continue reading “Sinking television”

October 13, 2011

Hurricane Heather

by Matthew Steeples

Heather Mills puts her Sussex home up for rent Has Heather Mills, the daughter of a convicted fraudster, spent her entire £24.3 million divorce settlement? We all knew that this lady with an interesting past was a spendaholic but the fact that she’s put her 8 bedroomed country home up for rent for £7,995 per … Continue reading “Hurricane Heather”

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