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Tag: Hyde Park

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 8, 2017

A Villa In The Sky

by Matthew Steeples

Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House   A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or … Continue reading “A Villa In The Sky”

June 1, 2017

Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with criminal justice expert, former police officer and Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington Annabel Mullin   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To live every moment to the fullest and make the biggest difference to people’s lives that I can.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Annabel Mullin – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 29, 2017

A Land of Contrasts

by Matthew Steeples

Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far   The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here … Continue reading “A Land of Contrasts”

May 20, 2017

Faded Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining   A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 … Continue reading “Faded Grandeur”

March 30, 2017

Narrow in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny 2.5-foot deep Knightsbridge “corridor house” sells for £810,000 at auction   Yesterday, at an auction in London, a 2.5-foot deep (at its minimum) and 3-foot deep (at its maximum) mews house sold for £810,000 ($1 million, €936,000 or درهم3.7 million) despite being nothing more than a very long corridor.   Extending to 275 square … Continue reading “Narrow in Knightsbridge”

March 24, 2017

An Expensive Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed Knightsbridge flat for sale for £5.25 million in spite of being a complete wreck   Originally built in 1870 with a façade created from the Portland stone from the original Blackfriars Bridge, 33 Ennismore Gardens was converted from a single-family home to six flats in 1947.   In 1998, an additional mansard level was … Continue reading “An Expensive Blank Canvas”

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”

April 25, 2016

Prince John Zylinski

by General

A cross between Donald Trump and Liberace in terms of his liking for all things gold in interiors, Ealing based Prince John Zylinski is an eccentric property tycoon with a taste for duels and ballet dancing.

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

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

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

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.

April 27, 2015

Ava Gardner (1922 – 1990)

by General

Once described as “having a mouth like a truck driver and the looks of a goddess”, thrice married American actress Ava Gardner spent her final years in Knightsbridge’s Ennismore Gardens.

March 22, 2015

Handling anonymity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that it is time for the courts and press to consider anonymity in reporting sensitive cases more carefully

March 12, 2015

Mohammad Al-Sharif

by General

At the age of 22 in March 2015 this Saudi playboy and wannabe member of the Rich Kids of Instagram was convicted of driving whilst unfit through drugs and fined £400.

December 25, 2014

A Christmas wish

by Matthew Steeples

Merry Christmas from all at ‘The Steeple Times’

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

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

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.

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”

March 19, 2014

Baron and bloom

by Matthew Steeples

Two very different society gatherings   Tuesday night in London was a busy one. Gina and Alan Miller’s foundation, Miller Philanthropy, hosted a hugely successful charity concert at the Cadogan Hall, whilst former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg held a party at The Serpentine Gallery.

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”

September 10, 2013

Fire sale in One Hyde Park

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed flat comes to the market in Candy & Candy’s One Hyde Park   This morning, Spear’s Wealth Management’s Josh Spero reported that a repossessed one bedroomed flat was for sale in Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park for £5.25 million. Given that flats there have sold for upto £140 million, this is most definitely somewhat of … Continue reading “Fire sale in One Hyde Park”

July 15, 2013

Stoned contraband

by Matthew Steeples

Two unusual items of Rolling Stones memorabilia come to the market   Just as the Rolling Stones performed in Hyde Park this weekend gone, Peter Harrington in London’s Fulham Road brought two unusual items of memorabilia relating to the band to the market.

May 28, 2013

More tea, vicar?

by Matthew Steeples

Reasonable responses to extremism   After walking across Hyde Park this morning to a launch breakfast at Selfridges, I passed the Animals in War memorial on Park Lane. It was partially covered in a sheet and partially sprayed with red paint. It was a sad sight to see something Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles OBE, Jilly … Continue reading “More tea, vicar?”

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”

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 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 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 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 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”

May 25, 2012

A Monopolistic mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Could 100 Park Lane become the property that achieves the accolade of being Britain’s highest priced private residence?   Occupied by property giants Hammerson since 1969 as their corporate headquarters, the 44,000 square foot Grade II* listed Dudley House is one of Park Lane’s finest landmark properties. It is supposedly about to come to the … Continue reading “A Monopolistic mansion”

May 13, 2012

Peter Wetherell

by Matthew Steeples

He’s the gent who successfully led the campaign against Westminster Council’s ludicrous attempt to expand parking charges in the West End. He’s also Mayfair’s leading estate agent and the man credited with bringing residential life back to the area. He’s well known for wearing red socks and for his love of cigars.

April 27, 2012

Jacqueline Branston

by Matthew Steeples

Former model and society hostess who is now turning her hand to helping wealthy Chinese and Russians settle into London. “Jackie” briefly dated both Warren Beatty and George Hamilton. She’s a big fan of a late night toasted cheese sandwich at Annabel’s and can be found at the smartest of gatherings.

Nick & Christian Candy

by Matthew Steeples

Started a property empire with a loan of £6,000 from their grandmother in 1995. Now said to be worth anything upto £13 billion, this pair are most famous for their One Hyde Park development next to The Mandarin Oriental. London based Nick is married to the Australian singer and former Neighbours actress Holly Valance whilst … Continue reading “Nick & Christian Candy”

April 6, 2012

Bringing out the Branston

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The very well connected Jacqueline Branston   Jacqueline, Jackie to her friends, Branston is a lady described by the Who’s Really Who author Richard Compton-Miller as being one that: “hears, sees and says nothing.” Discretion is a key part of her makeup and with the launch of her new concierge business, many others will … Continue reading “Bringing out the Branston”

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