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Tag: champagne

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 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”

February 22, 2017

Take Me To The Gold Park

by Matthew Steeples

Outrageously over-the-top Beverly Hills pad complete with gold accessories galore goes on sale for £80 million; buyers will get a gold Lamborghini, a gold Rolls-Royce and 170 gold coloured bottles of Cristal   Sold last for £7.7 million ($9.8 million, €9.3 million or درهم36 million) in 2012 when it was a 5,926 square foot house, … Continue reading “Take Me To The Gold Park”

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”

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”

April 20, 2016

Victoria Wood CBE (1953 – 2016)

by General

Comedian Victoria Wood’s final tweet was: “Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597”.

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.

The Ranting Crasher

by General

A lover of parties in Central London, little else is known of The Ranting Crasher.

November 20, 2015

Celebrating Orvis

by Matthew Steeples

Orvis marked thirty years on the British high street with a party at their flagship London store

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

July 10, 2015

Alex Hope

by General

A catering manager turned Ponzi schemer and conman, Canary Wharf based Alex Hope blamed everyone but himself for his demise.

July 6, 2015

Banishing bigotry

by Matthew Steeples

An image of the convicted racist Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben and party loving sort and Facebook ranter Eva Harold together provides a reminder that bigots should be permanently banished from polite society

June 20, 2015

A roofless repo

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million sought for a repossessed, roofless shell set in 1,530 acres of Cumbrian countryside

June 16, 2015

Beavering at Ascot

by Matthew Steeples

A £25,000 top hat suitable for a gent who wants to stand out at Royal Ascot

May 30, 2015

A toxic trio

by Venetia Grey

Right-wing ranter Elizabeth Jones takes to social media to defend party crasher David Pun

April 22, 2015

Wine of the Week: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV

by Gael Dantec

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Laurent-Perrier Brut NV as his Wine of the Week and offers it for just £25.99 per bottle

February 21, 2015

Model Behaviour

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie celebrates London Fashion Week and the Gin Festival with a new cocktail named ‘Model Behaviour’

September 25, 2014

A cover for Coral

by Matthew Steeples

Artist Peregrine Heathcote’s cover for Jane Huxley’s new novel ‘A Woman Named Coral’ revealed at the Royal Thames Yacht Club

September 1, 2014

Previewing Privé

by Matthew Steeples

Wednesday marks the start of one of Britain’s best automotive events, Salon Privé 2014   This Wednesday marks the event of the year for motoring aficionados in Britain as it is the opening day of Salon Privé at Syon Park, ten miles from Central London.

July 21, 2014

The house that time forgot

by Matthew Steeples

House where items lay untouched for 100 years remains on the market for over a year   The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland is a “small stately home” that truly is a time warp. Rented by the Morant family for nearly 100 years, this Grade II* listed, 14 bedroomed mansion was barely touched during that period.

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”

February 16, 2014

Fool’s gold

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Rubinstein attends a party but doesn’t strike gold   The invite read: “Fashion Brands Viewing & Party At LFW – PRESS INVITE – must RSVP”. Surely, I thought, this must be something exclusive.

November 22, 2013

A Smart Wonderland

by Matthew Steeples

Champagne at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland available for upto £2,000 a bottle   Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park opens to the public today. By far from a cheap outing, with tickets costing upto £14.50 per ride, this isn’t an event for the financially limited but we must admit we were surprised to see champagne priced … Continue reading “A Smart Wonderland”

October 16, 2013

VIPing it

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues against the overuse of the term ‘VIP’   The ‘VIP’ is dead. This acronym is bandied around so much that it has utterly lost its meaning.

September 29, 2013

Ask again

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests complaints about founders of ask.fm are unfounded   Ilja and Mark Terebin, the Latvian founders of ask.fm, have hit the headlines for sipping champagne and being pictured whilst at a wedding. That these successful businessmen have been pilloried for enjoying a glass or two whilst celebrating a happy occasion is ludicrous and … Continue reading “Ask again”

September 7, 2013

Graham Seed: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Graham Seed, best known for having played Nigel Pargetter in BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My wife, of course.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Success and failure are irrelevant. … Continue reading “Graham Seed: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 7, 2013

Sunning it

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey move on (yet again)   To most, both “sunrise” and “sundown” are beautiful spectacles. For Anthea Turner, these are words she’d probably rather forget.

July 19, 2013

Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Peter Wetherell, Mayfair’s leading estate agent   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The revival of Mayfair as the best residential village of what is now called “Prime Central London” (PCL).   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 14, 2013

Amelia Rope: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with chocolatier Amelia Rope   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Drive and determination.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Keep it simple, remain focused and go for it.  

July 9, 2013

A beginner’s guide to The Ashes

by Fred Sculthorp

Our man in whites Fred Sculthorp looks ahead to this week’s Test cricket series, The Ashes   The enemy are at the gates. The time has come. Tomorrow, two of the great sporting civilizations will clash in mankind’s most profound expression of physical and mental endurance- the five day Test match.

June 24, 2013

Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion management consultant Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Spirituality.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? That certainly isn’t mine. My motto is: “To love and to belong”.  

June 20, 2013

The word ‘rich’ is relative

by Matthew Steeples

Website of the Week: Rich Kids of Instagram   The Rich Kids of Instagram website is an Internet phenomenon that has come to illustrate the gulf between the haves and the have nots.  

June 18, 2013

Royal Ascot 2013

by The Tout

The Tout’s tips for Royal Ascot   Finally for all fans of horse racing the greatest week of the year has arrived and even the ladies look forward to it with anticipation as their outfits come together in time for the greatest parade of horse flesh that any punter can see at any single meeting. … Continue reading “Royal Ascot 2013”

June 10, 2013

A tea that flowers

by Matthew Steeples

A floral afternoon tea at the InterContinental London Westminster   “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” the novelist C. S. Lewis is reported as having once said in the Little Giant Encyclopedia: Tea Leaf Reading. He is right on both fronts and tea … Continue reading “A tea that flowers”

June 2, 2013

Trish Moore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks businesswoman Trish Moore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Faith.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Get even.  

May 21, 2013

The tribes looking for CFS

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker goes in search of the ten tribes paying homage to a centenary of flower power at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show   Yesterday I attended the press day for the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show. Gnomes have been allowed for the first time, but many of the celebrities who attend … Continue reading “The tribes looking for CFS”

May 16, 2013

Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks businesswoman Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My mum always taught me to treat people better than they treat me. Whilst it is quite tough sometimes, it always seems to work out in the end.   “Don’t get … Continue reading “Kerri Moss Beaumont: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 14, 2013

Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times suggests five of the best deals to accompany the RHS Chelsea Flower Show   ‘The Season’ is nearly upon us and we at The Steeple Times especially look forward to a number of events. Our favourite has to be Masterpiece (26th June to 3rd July) but we also love the RHS Chelsea … Continue reading “Five of the best: Deals for those visiting the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show”

May 7, 2013

Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Michelin starred chef Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The quest for perfection and happiness.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.   Kerry … Continue reading “Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 19, 2013

Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist and gallery manager Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Joy, art and love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my … Continue reading “Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 16, 2013

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

Crashing Assange

by Matthew Steeples

The uninvited nuisances who are the nightmare of any party host   First published in October 2011 on a blog written by Matthew Steeples, we revisit the story of the leading gatecrashers who boldly go where no others would dare.   Gatecrashers are people who get into parties without invitations. Central London seems to be … Continue reading “Crashing Assange”

March 4, 2013

Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My old headmaster Peter Pyemont once said in a Friday assembly: “The more you put into life, the more you get out of it”. I have lived by those words ever since. … Continue reading “Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 18, 2013

Deborah Walker: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks matchmaker Deborah Walker: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? ‘The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”.

January 15, 2013

Ricardo Garcia

by Matthew Steeples

A former financier who is the brains behind New York’s Red Hot-Society media journal. He states his religious views as “crusader” to his 5,000 followers on Facebook and loves Saint Émilion wine. He certainly knows how to party and is also a whizz with a camera. Try and keep up with his itinerary at your … Continue reading “Ricardo Garcia”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by Andreas Kirchberger

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 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 12, 2012

The bogs of Bayswater

by Matthew Steeples

Christian Huhnt recounts an evening at the launch of La Suite West   I have a personal connection to Inverness Terrace as twice in my life I’ve had to crash at my friend’s place there. It’s less than a minute from the new Anouska Hempel-designed hotel, La Suite West, and runs parallel to Queensway.   … Continue reading “The bogs of Bayswater”

October 5, 2012

The Compliment

by Matthew Steeples

Kerri Moss Beaumont tells of the joys of being a mother of four who also manages to enjoy life to the max   A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at an end of summer barbeque. We got chatting to a glamorous couple in their early 30s and we were asked: “So when … Continue reading “The Compliment”

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?””

August 20, 2012

“What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?”

by Matthew Steeples

Our “What’s on your mantelpiece?” question “What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?” has attracted a large mailbag of correspondence. What’s your view? Please submit letters to editorial@thesteepletimes.com. All letters must be accompanied by contact details and your name and postal address.   SIR – I drink from the … Continue reading ““What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?””

June 13, 2012

Long live the spies

by Matthew Steeples

Vadim J. Birstein wins the first Intelligence Book of the Year Award   Yesterday a reception was held in a fascinating hotel named the St. Ermin’s to announce the winner of the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards.   The setting, just next to Scotland Yard, was most appropriate as the hotel has many … Continue reading “Long live the spies”

May 22, 2012

The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber

by Matthew Steeples

The daughter of the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber lives in New York and is a contributor to MSNBC. Her Single Girl’s Guide was published in both the UK and America and her debut show Touched… For The Very First Time was a mighty success in the West End in 2009. Described as a “petite polymath,” … Continue reading “The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber”

May 13, 2012

Kerri Moss Beaumont

by Matthew Steeples

This blonde bombshell is a mother of four who somehow manages to juggle family life with a jet-set lifestyle. She drives a Maserati, plays golf and teaches yoga but also manages to fit in a bit of fine dining, sailing and partying. She doesn’t dance on the tables at Boujis quite as often as she … Continue reading “Kerri Moss Beaumont”

Benjamin Boateng

by Matthew Steeples

A club promoter who thought he was above the law. Found guilty in October 2011 of a pre-planned sexual assault, this former actor was previously accused of a similar crime in South Africa whilst his father was High Commissioner there. That time the case was dropped but this time he’s been jailed for nearly four … Continue reading “Benjamin Boateng”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

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