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August 8, 2017

Parked in Pacific Heights

by Matthew Steeples

A rare thing – A Pacific Heights, San Francisco house with a 9-car garage that has been dramatically reduced in price by £1 million   Extending to 7,580 square feet in total and on a corner plot, 2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco is a detached 5-storey residence with a private garage with space for … Continue reading “Parked in Pacific Heights”

January 11, 2017

A Village Ideal

by Matthew Steeples

Unlisted 18th century Georgian residence near Badminton for sale; ideal for those looking to quit the rat race   City dwellers and commuters regularly dream of quitting the rat race for a life in the country and when they watch programmes like Escape to the Country and Downton Abbey, they see an idealised vision of … Continue reading “A Village Ideal”

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.

June 20, 2015

Comfort Yinusa

by General

Jailed in June 2015 for making false accusations of rape against two entirely innocent men in October 2013, London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa is the kind of woman who makes it harder for genuine victims to get justice.

March 4, 2015

London is Changing

by Matthew Steeples

London is Changing website voices the struggles of Londoners

September 22, 2014

Old and new

by Matthew Steeples

One of San Francisco’s oldest houses for sale for $12 million   One of the oldest houses in San Francisco and one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake – which destroyed 80% of the city – is for sale for $12 million (£7.3 million).

July 19, 2014

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by James Murphy

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

July 18, 2014

Picture of the Week: The Spanish plume

by Matthew Steeples

As London’s temperature rises, lightning strikes   Last night, London was hit by an electric storm and today the city’s temperature is expected to hit 33°C. It will be hotter here than Barbados and Mauritius

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”

March 22, 2014

The best of BADA

by Matthew Steeples

A roundup of the art worth seeing at BADA   The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair on Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is an annual showcase of art and antiques that range in price from £100 to £1 million. Here, The Steeple Times picks three of our favourite items on display that suit a … Continue reading “The best of BADA”

September 29, 2013

Selling the V&A

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming V&A exhibition questions London’s property bubble   A 25-metre hoarding outside the V&A announces that this “unique property at [a] prime cultural heritage location” is for sale. However, before “Angry of Tunbridge Wells” erupts, it must be added that the advert is just a stunt. The poster is for a major new installation named … Continue reading “Selling the V&A”

August 25, 2013

William Seth-Smith: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Xero Vodka founder William Seth-Smith   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I try never to turn down adventure for the sake of easy apathy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Those that mind don’t matter and … Continue reading “William Seth-Smith: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 16, 2013

Red is Good

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples celebrates red fashion as Debenhams ditch red braces   Debenhams and the Mail Online recently suggested that the “garish” red braces, as sported by Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, have fallen out of fashion.

August 7, 2013

Chaneling charity

by Matthew Steeples

Charities need to rethink how they pay their executives   It’s hardly news that many charity bosses (AKA ‘charitycats’) are earning in excess of £100,000 a year but once again the toothless Charity Commission is bleating instead of acting.

August 4, 2013

Northern lights

by Steffen Timm

Steffen Timm takes a tour of Stockholm’s best haunts for cigar lovers   Stockholm is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. In fact, there is something magical about it, in particularly during the early summer, when the parks and public spaces along the water are filled with locals who seem … Continue reading “Northern lights”

June 24, 2013

Amazonian takes on the City

by Matthew Steeples

Gina and Alan Miller launch the True & Fair Investment Calculator   Already well known for their groundbreaking True & Fair Campaign, Gina and Alan Miller have recently launched a free online calculator that enables investors and savers to easily discover the impact of costs and fees on their investments.  

May 25, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part I

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the first of a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He begins with Joan Swift, James C. Cox Jr. and Emily and Elizabeth Beare.  

April 18, 2013

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

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks estate agent Edward Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Honesty and integrity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? My favourite is: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” but “Try … Continue reading “Edward Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 18, 2013

Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks author Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Books, cooks and good looks.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Do no harm; or if you do, make sure it’s beautiful … Continue reading “Alex Preston: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 8, 2013

Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks milliner Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?  “No woman is a success to herself”. I’ve paraphrased this from Graham Greene but I think the thought applies to both men and women. I like originality, and pushing my own creative … Continue reading “Laura Cathcart: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 4, 2013

Alex Preston

by Matthew Steeples

This talented Oxford educated author is a former credit derivatives trader who is now regular on BBC2’s The Review Show. This Bleeding City, his first novel, was based on his own working experiences and analyses how the financial crash could be seen as “our subconscious revenge, our way of bringing down the system that had … Continue reading “Alex Preston”

December 1, 2012

The Media: Friend or foe?

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares her experiences on a panel discussing the outcomes of Leveson   Journalist and author Sarah Tucker was one of the panelists at a talk at the Richmond Literary Festival on Thursday evening. By chance, since it coincided with the publication of the Leveson Report, the panel’s discussion naturally focused on that. Here … Continue reading “The Media: Friend or foe?”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

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 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)”

October 23, 2012

Harry Handelsman

by Matthew Steeples

This German-born property developer is best known as the pioneer who brought “loft living” to London in the early 1990s with his Manhattan Loft Corporation. His redevelopment of the Grade I listed St Pancras railway station has resulted in accolades galore and his personal fortune has allowed him to build up a collection featuring works … Continue reading “Harry Handelsman”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

September 26, 2012

Crispin Odey

by Matthew Steeples

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, Prudence, but after divorcing her Odey formed a union with a fellow financier, Nichola Pease. The couple, termed “The City’s Posh and Becks,” live between Chelsea and … Continue reading “Crispin Odey”

September 4, 2012

Have you got the iQ?

by Matthew Steeples

A motoring misdemeanor   One costs £10,000 and the other £35,000. They are, unbelievably, essentially the same vehicle and that the streets of Kensington, Chelsea and Belgravia are stuffed with the more expensive version is, in my humble opinion, an utter misdemeanor.   Toyota’s iQ is a clever little vehicle. My friend happens to own … Continue reading “Have you got the iQ?”

August 16, 2012

Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks private aviation entrepreneur Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   7th January 2013: When we published this interview on 16th August 2012, we were unaware of the real identity of Thomas McLoughlin. He told us he was an ambassador for American Express and all manner of other tales. Our readers responded … Continue reading “Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 7, 2012

Rex Leyland: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Rex Leyland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is fairness and loyalty.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Get even.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. … Continue reading “Rex Leyland: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 14, 2012

Joseph “Joey” Barton

by Matthew Steeples

This Liverpudlian footballer is a bad boy on the pitch and has also done a stint in the clink for common assault and affray. He provokes extreme reactions but the hatred he is subjected to on Twitter doesn’t seem to bother him a jot. For that reason and because of his intelligent tweets, perhaps a … Continue reading “Joseph “Joey” Barton”

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

May 12, 2012

Rex Leyland

by Matthew Steeples

Once described by the Evening Standard as “an excitable bearded man,” Leyland lives on a houseboat near Kew Bridge and was one of the duo behind the immensely successful Foxtrot Oscar. Here is a gent with a passion for all things culinary that is nothing other than utterly infectious. Now a Restaurant Doctor, he divides … Continue reading “Rex Leyland”

May 8, 2012

Michael Ezra

by Matthew Steeples

A hedge fund guru and anti-Communist. Mr Ezra knows more about tea than anyone you’ll meet and blogs at Harry’s Place and Under the Ocular Tree. A rights-based libertarianist, he professes a desire to abolish both the United Nations and unpaid internships. His dream home would be a suite at Claridge’s in Mayfair.

May 5, 2012

Orlando Hamilton

by Matthew Steeples

Florist to the stars. “McFlower,” as he is affectionately known, sources the finest flowers from across the globe and transforms rooms with his imaginative style. His clients have included Sylvester Stalone, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. This “floral evangelist” must be second only to Nicky Haslam in the number of parties he attends.

April 27, 2012

Anthony Brown

by Matthew Steeples

Former restaurateur whose family are city legends. His pride and joy is a classic Mercedes-Benz Grosser and he’s often to be found propping up the bar at La Brasserie teaching Cockney rhyming slang. A maestro in the kitchen, feasts by him are hugely sought after.

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