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Tag: Belgravia

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

June 30, 2017

C**t in Court

by Matthew Steeples

As Petra Ecclestone announces she’s divorcing James Stunt, we remind readers of ‘See You Next Tuesday’s’ true ghastliness   The announcement of the impending divorce of the favourite of all at The Steeple Times (and one that has often threatened to sue us), James Stunt and his wife Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt, is news that didn’t … Continue reading “C**t in Court”

June 8, 2017

Flop or Fly?

by Matthew Steeples

London estate agents launch three properties priced over £25 million each on General Election day   Pundits may be referencing worrying times ahead in Britain’s post-Brexit economy, but London’s top tier estate agents have come out all guns blazing on General Election day and launched a series of jaw droppingly priced properties.   In Knightsbridge’s … Continue reading “Flop or Fly?”

May 23, 2017

Belgravia in Bloom

by Matthew Steeples

Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale   As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural … Continue reading “Belgravia in Bloom”

May 19, 2017

Hannah, Soleil and Winter Strafford-Taylor

by General

Narcissist and “yummy mummy” Hannah Strafford-Taylor describes herself as “Instagram’s most stylish mum” to her 8,600 followers. Mocked as a “plastic clichéd fool using her bizarrely named daughters [Soleil and Winter] as accessories”, Mrs Strafford-Taylor told the Mail Online: “My husband says I have my own unique currency of holidays. I compare everything to the … Continue reading “Hannah, Soleil and Winter Strafford-Taylor”

May 8, 2017

Take Me To The Titanic

by Matthew Steeples

Apartment in mansion block in Sloane Square for sale for £6.2 million in spite of needing updating; it is within the building from which a Mayor of Chelsea lived and departed to his death on RMS Titanic   A third floor flat in a portered mansion block on Sloane Square has gone on sale for … Continue reading “Take Me To The Titanic”

April 30, 2017

Advertorial – City Relay

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes a look at the services offered by City Relay, a hassle free short-term rental management company   Established three years ago and based in Earl’s Court, City Relay offer the very best guest and host management services for over two hundred apartments and houses in Central and West London.   Primarily focused … Continue reading “Advertorial – City Relay”

April 21, 2017

(Not) Wedded by Ward

by Matthew Steeples

Loudmouth champagne swiller Dawn Ward once again fails to get permission to turn her vulgar home into a wedding venue   Marketing material for Dawn Ward’s tastelessly decorated home, Warford Hall, near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, boldly describes it as “the finest entertaining house ever conceived”. She’s failed to generate any interest in it since … Continue reading “(Not) Wedded by Ward”

April 20, 2017

A Homely Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest castle is for sale; it comes with 10 acres, a 44 million gallon moat and a narrow boat   Last marketed in 2003 for £1 million (the equivalent of £1.45 million, $1.86 million, €1.73 million or درهم6.83 million today), what is allegedly Britain’s smallest castle is back for sale for the slightly higher … Continue reading “A Homely Castle”

April 17, 2017

0800 Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

Custard yellow Rolls-Royce complete with ‘0800’ numberplate takes to the streets of Knightsbridge   Each year a bevvy of Arab and Russian owned supercars arrives in London and each year they get more outlandish. An especially fine example has just descended in the form of a bright yellow Rolls-Royce Phantom coupé complete with the registration … Continue reading “0800 Rolls”

April 12, 2017

A Balls-Up

by Matthew Steeples

Shame on ‘The Sun’ for publishing a non-story about a child being hit by a football in Belgrave Square; the ball was kicked by a girl who was with the footballer Cesc Fàbregas   On Wednesday, the The Sun indulged in one of their most sensationalist pieces of journalism in recent months when they published … Continue reading “A Balls-Up”

February 27, 2017

You Can Say That If You Like

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia apartment in building where Diana, Princess of Wales’ maternal grandmother lived, plotted and died for sale for a sum 165% higher than it sold for in 2003   The residence of brewery baron and Unionist politician The Rt. Hon. George Younger, 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie (1851 – 1929) in the 1920s, 36 Eaton … Continue reading “You Can Say That If You Like”

February 23, 2017

A £5m Fixer Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia flat offered for £4.95 million in spite of featuring collapsed ceilings, ripped out light fittings and holes in the walls   Before putting a property on the market and having it photographed for a sales brochure, most would clean up and make the space look appealing. In Belgravia, however, the owners of a £4.95 … Continue reading “A £5m Fixer Upper”

February 3, 2017

Rumblings in Pont Street

by Matthew Steeples

Scene of a Dawn Ward shoving match Salmontini closes to makes way for a new restaurant by chef Nuno Goncalves; next door, hotel The Hari replaces its Pont Street restaurant too   Opened in September 2014, Salmontini was a restaurant in Belgravia’s Pont Street that was never going to be a hit. Aside from its … Continue reading “Rumblings in Pont Street”

January 12, 2017

A Serpentine Summer House

by Matthew Steeples

Serpentine Galleries summerhouse originally installed in Kensington Gardens for sale – it’ll cost you a bit more than what you might find down at B&Q   Each summer, since the year 2000, the Serpentine Galleries have commissioned what they term a ‘pavilion’ to stand alongside their original gallery in Kensington Gardens. These have varied from … Continue reading “A Serpentine Summer House”

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”

March 20, 2016

The Inspector Clouseau lookalike

by General

A new sidekick for David Pun in 2016, The Inspector Clouseau lookalike is undoubtedly also a fellow lover of free champagne.

January 13, 2016

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs offer lunch with wine for under a tenner

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times wishes readers a very Merry Christmas 2015

December 11, 2015

Two into one

by Matthew Steeples

Low-built £11.95 million Belgravia residence created by merging two properties into one is illustrative of how the total housing stock in the city’s most elite areas is being depleted

December 10, 2015

Stunt stops a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt reported to have turned down £99 million offer for their Holmby Hills, California mansion

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

September 25, 2015

Shovingtini

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Salmontini named in court in relation to a shoving match between pop singer Sinitta Malone and ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward

June 25, 2015

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben

by General

Though convicted and sentenced to a six-week suspended jail sentence for a racist tirade in December 2013 in which she claimed “brown people are ruining London”, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben continues to parade around as if still acceptable in polite society.

June 13, 2015

Royal Ascot in London

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs to host special Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day lunch

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

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

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 18, 2015

Greeks and Aristos on Sloane Square

by Matthew Steeples

A £7.975 million apartment above Colbert on Sloane Square provides indication of the playground for the international super-rich that Chelsea has become

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

March 6, 2015

Nancy Dell’Olio

by General

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

March 4, 2015

London is Changing

by Matthew Steeples

London is Changing website voices the struggles of Londoners

February 22, 2015

Messing up a McLaren

by Matthew Steeples

McLaren 650S Spider totaled in accident in Belgravia’s Eaton Square

February 4, 2015

Moron of the Month: Gregory Lauder-Frost

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice president of the Traditional Britain Group, as the second The Steeple Times ‘Moron of the Moment’

January 11, 2015

Plated X

by Matthew Steeples

Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

December 28, 2014

Meet a Moron

by Matthew Steeples

Marinka Smirnova illustrates that stereotypes sometimes can be spot on

December 24, 2014

Squaring the cash

by Matthew Steeples

Buy an Eaton Square flat for the equivalent of £146 per day – and get the bonus of living next door to James Stunt

September 29, 2014

Evgeny Lebedev

by General

This “true romantic” and “Londongrad playboy” is the publisher of The Independent and the Evening Standard and also was involved in setting up the London Live television station. Evgeny Lebedev is the son of a billionaire ex-KGB agent and has been described as “a modern Machiavellian prince” and as having “a penchant for white silk suits”. … Continue reading “Evgeny Lebedev”

August 31, 2014

Website of the Week: Byzantine Ambassador

by Matthew Steeples

Byzantine Ambassador is a website where you’ll find everyone from Mary Beard to Toby Young   Established by Henry Hopwood-Phillips and described by Colin Turton of MarketWatch as “prophetic, angry and droll”, our Website of the Week is Byzantine Ambassador.

August 6, 2014

Spelling Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Stunt sends yet another rambling comment to ‘The Steeple Times’   Petra Stunt – nee Ecclestone – took great umbrage at our article about her father’s views on her husband’s convoy of cars. Now, in yet another comment, she’s shared her take on James Stunt’s entourage of vehicles once again.

July 25, 2014

Upstairs rather than downstairs

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea revealed to be London’s most popular residential address and not just “a place where servants live”   Whilst in March, estate agents Beauchamp Estates announced that Chelsea is “a place where servants live”; a more recent analysis by local firm Russell Simpson has found quite to the contrary and provides proof that it is … Continue reading “Upstairs rather than downstairs”

July 24, 2014

Plated IX

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

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 7, 2014

Remembering 7/7

by Matthew Steeples

As offensive graffiti is daubed on the 7/7 memorial, we urge readers to remember the 52 victims today

June 3, 2014

All that glitters

by Matthew Steeples

Gold Ferrari disintegrates   The gold Ferrari that has plagued the streets of Kensington and Chelsea in recent months is disintegrating.

April 28, 2014

Plated VII

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

April 27, 2014

Bang on Bernie

by Matthew Steeples

Bernie Ecclestone explains what is wrong about the husband of his billionaire brat Petra   James Stunt, the son-in-law of Bernie Ecclestone, is a man variously described as “flash” and looking like “an extra from The Wolf of Wall Street”. In a series of comments to the Daily Mail’s Paul Scott, his father-in-law largely agreed … Continue reading “Bang on Bernie”

April 16, 2014

An adult Disneyworld

by Matthew Steeples

Donna Leon’s portrait of Venice has telling similarities to our view about what Central London has become   In yesterday’s The Times, author Donna Leon was interviewed about her latest novel, By Its Cover. Born in America, but a longtime resident of Venice, Leon made telling remarks about what the city where she lives has … Continue reading “An adult Disneyworld”

April 14, 2014

A bash in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Lexus smashes through railings in Chesham Place, SW1   In the wake of the recent Lamborghini crash in Sloane Street, this afternoon, a Lexus smashed into a street sign in Chesham Place, Belgravia before bouncing off straight through the railings of the garden opposite. Witnesses stated that the driver had a heart attack at the … Continue reading “A bash in Belgravia”

April 11, 2014

The contrasting couple

by Matthew Steeples

Season for rich Arabs to parade in London has begun   The time has arrived; the annual invasion has begun. The streets of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair have been taken over by Arabs and each year they come earlier and earlier.

April 7, 2014

Money park London

by steepleadmin

Mr Gus Instinct says: “London’s become a rubbish dump for high net worths”   The expression ‘ransom strip’ has always been a dream hold in the world of property but nowadays that is exactly what has happened to the prime areas of Central London.

April 2, 2014

Dizzy Wizzy

by Matthew Steeples

Owners of the G-Wiz are an illogical breed of motorists   The G-Wiz is undoubtedly my least favourite car but this week on seeing an image taken by Khaled Khawaja of one and then taking another myself in a similar context, I realised drivers of such vehicles are truly the most ludicrous individuals.

February 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Shopping without shame

by Matthew Steeples

Shamed baroness spotted shopping in Waitrose Belgravia   Our editor expected it unlikely to cross paths with the shamed criminal Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben after her conviction on Wednesday. He was, therefore, more than surprised to encounter her in Waitrose Belgravia on Thursday evening

December 30, 2013

Naff off

by Matthew Steeples

Central London is losing its character   A house in Pelham Street for £105 million, Tamara Ecclestone spends £1 million on a bathtub and Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews racks up a bar bill of £450,000. These are all headlines we’ve featured recently that illustrate the nonsensical world that has become The Royal Borough of … Continue reading “Naff off”

December 24, 2013

Errol Douglas MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with hair stylist to the stars Errol Douglas   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Graft and graft some more.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stop looking for the short cut. It’s not there.  

December 22, 2013

Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

by Matthew Steeples

The daughters of a convicted Italian kidnapper were cleared of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi at a trial at Isleworth Crown Court in December 2013. These “kitchen confidantes” stated that they were “treated worse than Filipino slaves” and added that they’d “rather go to jail” than live in Battersea. There’ll be no more cupcakes … Continue reading “Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo”

December 20, 2013

#TeamTrouble

by Matthew Steeples

The not guilty verdict in the case of the former assistants to Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s highlights nothing but the mess that was their marriage   #TeamNigella has trended on Twitter in recent weeks. Even the Prime Minister joined in. Few have leapt to the defence of the television presenter’s former husband, Charles Saatchi, … Continue reading “#TeamTrouble”

Errol Douglas MBE

by General

This award winning Guyanese-British hair stylist has had his own salon in Motcomb Street since 1998 and began his career in an East End salon at the age of eleven. Douglas’s clients are said to have variously included Emilia Fox, Annie Lennox, Brad Pitt and Forest Whittaker and he is a regular on the BBC … Continue reading “Errol Douglas MBE”

December 15, 2013

The art loving duo

by Matthew Steeples

This pair never miss an art gallery opening night. Prosecco surely flows through their veins.

December 6, 2013

A bashup and a baroness

by Matthew Steeples

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben taken into custody after an altercation in a Belgravia hotel   On Wednesday evening, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben, a former associate of the founder of the now liquidated Von Essen Hotel group, Andrew Davis, was involved in an incident at a hotel in Belgravia.

November 28, 2013

The Hon. Nigella Lawson

by General

A self-proclaimed “Domestic Goddess”, Lawson was rebranded a “habitual criminal” during the trial of her two former assistants in November 2013. In an email quoted during the case, her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, nicknamed her “Higella” and alleged his wife “poisoned [her] child with drugs and trashed her life”. In response, amongst those who leapt to … Continue reading “The Hon. Nigella Lawson”

November 9, 2013

Mrs MILF

by Matthew Steeples

Our agony aunt doesn’t mince her words and makes The Sun’s “Dear Deidre” seem tame. She whips those who write to her into submissiveness and believes that whilst Essex girls are “like mopeds: you may not like to be seen with them but they are much more fun to ride” Chelsea girls are “like cream: … Continue reading “Mrs MILF”

November 6, 2013

London International Players at Cadogan Hall – 8th November

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times is delighted to support the London International Players in their 8th November 2013 performance at London’s Cadogan Hall. For tickets telephone +44 (0) 20 7730 4500 or to book online click here.

September 23, 2013

Out routed

by Matthew Steeples

New £354,000 Route Master bus crashes on Chelsea Bridge Road on second day in service   On Saturday, on seeing one of Boris Johnson’s new Route Master buses on the Kings Road, I commented about how impressive this vehicle was. Little did I expect, therefore, that only a day later, the very same vehicle would … Continue reading “Out routed”

September 2, 2013

Models required

by Matthew Steeples

Renowned sculptor Jonathan Wylder seeks models   Talented sculptor Jonathan Wylder is setting himself up as the “artist at work” at Belgravia’s The Osbourne Gallery between 7th and 22nd September. He is looking for individuals to model for him during this period and we thought we’d offer up this opportunity to readers of The Steeple … Continue reading “Models required”

August 19, 2013

Let It Go

by Matthew Steeples

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw sell Tennessee farm   If you’re buying in London with a budget of £13 million, you could get a 4-bedroom apartment in Chesham Place, Belgravia. In Franklin, Tennessee for the same amount you’d get a lot more bang for your buck if you were to buy “country music power couple” … Continue reading “Let It Go”

August 7, 2013

He who dares, gets the rocks

by Matthew Steeples

Viewer of Petra Ecclestone’s £32,000,000 Eaton Square home leaves with £500,000 of jewellery   In 2008, the Financial Times’ Richard Holledge described Finchatton’s renovation of 63 Eaton Square in Belgravia as a “daring conversion”. Last month, the very same property was the location of something equally daring: a £500,000 jewellery heist.

July 29, 2013

Bargaining a much deserved sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas Joseph McLoughlin jailed   Some would argue that it isn’t fair to kick a man when he’s down. In the case of Thomas McLoughlin, jailed today for 14 months at Isleworth Crown Court, I’ll make a much deserved exception.

July 25, 2013

The problems of perfume

by Matthew Steeples

“Alleged Saudi princess” claims to have spent £1 million on perfume in just two months   Sara[h] Al Amoudi is perhaps an ideal illustration of the words of Coco Chanel who once said: “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”.

July 8, 2013

Propping up a ‘princess’?

by Matthew Steeples

Sara[h] Al Amoudi: a supposed ‘Saudi princess’ who has a history with the British court faces two property investors who claim she duped them into handing her £14 million worth of properties in Central London   We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: “Where there’s brass, there’s muck”.

May 21, 2013

Fadi Fawaz

by General

A Lebanese born, London based “hairdresser to the stars” and former male model who is best known as the late George Michael’s on-off boyfriend from 2009 until his death on Christmas Day 2016. Fadi Fawaz was brought up in Logan Central, a “crime ridden” suburb of Brisbane, Australia, and went on to become a male … Continue reading “Fadi Fawaz”

May 18, 2013

Laurence Benson

by Matthew Steeples

Laurence Benson is an international jetsetting businessman who is based in Belgravia, Florida and the Seychelles.

May 16, 2013

Austin 7 man

by Matthew Steeples

He cruises the streets of Knightsbridge and Belgravia in the afternoons and hoots every so often as he drives along. Often spotted puffing away on a cigar, nothing more is known of this diminutive character.

May 15, 2013

Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks The Palm’s barman Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “A positive attitude”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Live and let others live”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 11, 2013

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.  

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