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Tag: Kensington & Chelsea

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

June 8, 2017

A Question of Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks Conservative candidate for Kensington Lady Borwick five questions; he put the same to the Liberal Democrats Annabel Mullin also whilst Labour’s Emma Dent Coad failed to respond   In the final hours of the 2017 General Election campaign, I asked the Conservative candidate for Kensington, Lady Borwick, five questions I considered relevant … Continue reading “A Question of Borwick”

April 30, 2017

Breaking with Boris

by Matthew Steeples

Breaking News – Rachel Johnson explains why she ditched the party of her Foreign Secretary brother Boris and defected to the Lib Dems   On this morning’s Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Rachel Johnson was interviewed about her decision to defect to the Liberal Democrat Party.   Explaining her rationale for ditching the Tories and … Continue reading “Breaking with Boris”

April 26, 2017

A Big Priced Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Cadogan Square flat for sale for a sum that, if achieved, could make it the most expensive subterranean home in London; it is offered at a price that equates to £2,130 per square foot   Created from the merger of two flats, one of which was marketed for £3 million ($3.8 million, €3.5 million or … Continue reading “A Big Priced Basement”

April 21, 2017

Hidden in Hans

by Matthew Steeples

Hidden house in Knightsbridge for sale for £1.595 million; it might suit those with an aspiration to live like Julian Assange   A cleverly refurbished ‘hidden house’ behind 163 Pavilion Road in Knightsbridge has been brought to the market by Savills.   699 square foot Hans Cottage has its own private front door, a patio … Continue reading “Hidden in Hans”

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 11, 2017

K&C Doesn’t Care

by Matthew Steeples

As 50% of care homes in Kensington & Chelsea are rated “inadequate”, we suggest this reflects what the area has become: A money park for the selfish rich   A society that does not care for its elderly is, as the Pope pointed out in 2015, a “perverse society” and bizarrely, it has just been … Continue reading “K&C Doesn’t Care”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

January 7, 2017

Cupboards by Harrods

by Matthew Steeples

Two studio flats near Harrods for sale for extraordinary sums offer ideal homes for pint-sized people   A typical London Underground carriage provides about 464 square foot of space. In Knightsbridge and just seconds from Harrods, a property offering just over half that area has just come on sale on a short lease for £450,000 … Continue reading “Cupboards by Harrods”

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 17, 2016

Going for gold

by Matthew Steeples

Gold Rolls-Royce Phantom convertible hits the streets of London and illustrates a new level of vulgarity

June 5, 2015

The Writers’ Block

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

May 8, 2015

Ann Barr (1929 – 2015)

by General

Despite defining “The Sloane” and “The Mayfair Mercenary”, the co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook lived out her final years in Notting Hill 

April 25, 2015

The Knightsbridge rose seller

by General

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s

April 17, 2015

Saluting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

Sol Campbell should be saluted for participating in the Operation Black Vote campaign to encourage minorities to register to vote

Wealth not air

by Matthew Steeples

Thrillist’s analysis of the best and the worst features of each London neighbourhood yielded fascinating results – most especially in the case of Kensington and Chelsea

April 5, 2015

Meyer moves

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Christopher and Lady Meyer put their Chelsea townhouse up for sale for £2.3 million more than was asked when they bought it in 2013 – The catch? It’s next door to a kebab shop

March 7, 2015

Houses of the Holy

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Page wins planning dispute with neighbour Robbie Williams

February 25, 2015

Head & Shoulders

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues that Sir Malcolm Rifkind and his breed should be consigned to ‘politics past’

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 28, 2014

The gold park

by Matthew Steeples

A golden Ferrari is symbolic of the money park that is K&C   Today, financier and philanthropist Alan Miller spotted a gold metallic Ferrari in Pelham Street. This shiny hunk of metal is symbolic of what a ludicrous money park Kensington and Chelsea has become and of how utterly lacking in taste some of the … Continue reading “The gold park”

March 22, 2014

Fire Côted

by Matthew Steeples

A visit from the fire brigade spoils lunch at Côte Sloane Square   Côte on Sloane Square offers a more affordable offering than many of its neighbours. Today, Saturday 22nd March, though, diners got more than they bargained for when the restaurant had a visit from the fire brigade.

February 15, 2014

Chaneling the VAT in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

Another pair of Chelsea fraudsters bite the dust   The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, as we’ve repeatedly pointed out, attracts criminals and the case of the latest dodgy pair to come to our attention won’t surprise many of our readers sadly. Meet Emmanuel and Behnaz Scotts, a duo who funded a “high rolling … Continue reading “Chaneling the VAT in Chelsea”

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”

October 9, 2013

Sighting the Cygnet

by Matthew Steeples

Largest proportion of axed Aston Martin Cygnets were concentrated in Central London   Yesterday, we reported that Aston Martin sold only 150 of their super-mini Cygnet vehicles between announcing it in 2009 and axing it recently. The total– we’ve now been told – may actually have been as low as 110 and given that we’ve … Continue reading “Sighting the Cygnet”

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”

July 28, 2013

Out blue

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea’s Conservative Club closed and up for rent   Someone once said if they put up a pig with a blue rosette as the candidate in Kensington and Chelsea, it would win. This might now be in question given that the bastion of Conservatism that was the Chelsea Conservative Club is closed, up for rent … Continue reading “Out blue”

June 20, 2013

Pug-faced but well dressed

by Matthew Steeples

A 1982 Rolls-Royce Camargue that has covered just 900 miles since new   Named after Europe’s largest river delta in the south of France, the Camargue is a 2-door coupé introduced by Rolls-Royce Motors in March 1975. Kensington classic car specialist GraemeHunt is currently selling a 1982 example that has covered just 900 miles at … Continue reading “Pug-faced but well dressed”

June 1, 2013

A bit of a steel

by Matthew Steeples

The Mittal family market one of their three “Billionaires’ Row” homes for £7 million less than they paid for it   One of the world’s richest men, Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal paid £117 million in 2008 for No. 6 Palace Green in Kensington. He bought the property for his son, Aditya, from an Israeli-American … Continue reading “A bit of a steel”

May 14, 2013

Closeted in Chanel

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Meyer applies to build a “closet wing”   The wife of the former ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer, once described as “Chanel-clad” by The Telegraph, has applied to The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to build a number of closets at a property she recently purchased just off the Kings Road.

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 16, 2013

Alexandra “Lexi” Abrams

by Matthew Steeples

Social yet serious, this talented Cambridge graduate is now the UK youth advisor for the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations in the UK.

February 4, 2013

Banish the Bentley not the bins

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples exposes the hypocrisy of Kensington & Chelsea Council   The Royal Borough’s announcement that they plan to remove rubbish bins in the area because they view them to “attract the wrong kind of rubbish” received much news coverage last week.   This ludicrous idea is supposedly part of the council’s attempts at money … Continue reading “Banish the Bentley not the bins”

December 31, 2012

£50 grifter

by Matthew Steeples

He looks like a harmless old buffer but he truly isn’t. On approach, there’s always a tale of woe and then a demand for £50. His wife has died in Gloucester and he hasn’t got the train fare or he needs a hotel room for the night as his wallet was stolen. Whatever the story … Continue reading “£50 grifter”

December 4, 2012

Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Well-known for their numberplates “2 BE” and “NOT 2B,” this power couple live on Cheyne Walk and are a little bit like Marmite. In Chelsea, Bourne has aroused controversy by attempting to gain planning permission to turn George Best’s favourite boozer, The Phene, into a house and in Soho, Greene’s makeover of Ronnie Scott’s caused … Continue reading “Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE”

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?”

November 4, 2012

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

October 4, 2012

Come Dine With Me in K&C

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity for readers based in Kensington & Chelsea to take part in the cult television series “Come Dine With Me”   Many of you will have watched an episode of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me or at least glimpsed five minutes of this car crash television series.   For those who do not … Continue reading “Come Dine With Me in K&C”

May 23, 2012

Shireen Ritchie, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Ritchie (1945 – 2012)

by Matthew Steeples

The stepmother of Guy Ritchie was the “grande dame” of the Kensington & Chelsea Conservative Association. This tireless campaigner encouraged diversity within the Tory party and successfully thwarted Lady Meyer’s attempts to become the candidate for the constituency. For that alone she deserved her knighthood. May she rest in peace.

April 28, 2012

Hakim Berkani

by Matthew Steeples

A former parking warden who was probably the only decent one out there. He refused to behave like his grasping colleagues in Kensington & Chelsea (who referred to themselves as “Ali Baba and his 40 thieves”) and got constructively dismissed as a result. He rightly got £20,000 in compensation at an industrial tribunal but decently … Continue reading “Hakim Berkani”

March 16, 2012

K&C’s £50 grifter

by Matthew Steeples

The nuisance conman who pounds the streets of Kensington & Chelsea   When an old man approaches you in the street complaining he’s lost his wallet or can’t afford a bed for the night, no decent person would disbelieve him or begrudge him a few pennies.   On the streets of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea, … Continue reading “K&C’s £50 grifter”

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