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Tag: Kensington

November 13, 2017

Foot in Mouth in K&C

by Matthew Steeples

Both Labour and the Tories get it very wrong in Kensington and disgrace themselves with their truly offensive conduct   On Monday, the political blog Guido Fawkes exposed the new Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, as having viciously called a black Tory candidate named Shaun Bailey as a “token ghetto boy,” “gobby … Continue reading “Foot in Mouth in K&C”

November 1, 2017

Highs and Lows in Hyde Park

by Matthew Steeples

Pint-sized flat in Knightsbridge goes on sale for ambitious sum of £5,813 per square foot; it was offered for the even more crazy sum of £7,027 per square foot in 2013   The owners of an apartment in the edifice of vulgarity that is One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge plainly have no belief in Brexit … Continue reading “Highs and Lows in Hyde Park”

October 29, 2017

Pleading for Police

by Matthew Steeples

London set to see number of police stations reduced from 149 in 2010 to just 32 by 2020; we urge readers to support a petition to stop this   In 2010, London had 149 police stations; there are now just 73 and if Conservative plans go ahead there’ll be just 32 – or one per … Continue reading “Pleading for Police”

September 30, 2017

Commie Ferraris

by Matthew Steeples

Protestors descend on H.R. Owen Ferrari dealership in South Kensington screaming: “Kill the Rich!”   On Saturday afternoon a bunch of protestors held a protest outside the Brompton Road Ferrari dealership H.R. Owen.   Seemingly something to do with rights for cleaners, the assembled ragbag waved Communist flags and shouted: “Kill the rich!” and “Fight … Continue reading “Commie Ferraris”

September 25, 2017

A Bastard of a Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge townhouse for sale for sum 11% lower than it sold for in 2011; it comes with a rather large hole in the garden that has been described as “almost as deep as the Führerbunker”   To the poet and wit Henry Luttrell (1765 – 1861) “eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets” … Continue reading “A Bastard of a Basement”

September 9, 2017

Gaining a Lambo (or five)

by Matthew Steeples

Convoy of five yellow Lamborghinis spotted cruising around Kensington and Chelsea   Someone once said: “Work until you feel a Lamborghini is cheap” and plainly the owner of a convoy currently in London has exactly that attitude.   Pictured here on Brompton Road opposite the former premises of La Brasserie, a fleet of five yellow … Continue reading “Gaining a Lambo (or five)”

August 15, 2017

Grim Grenfell

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the giant coffin and stain on government that is the Grenfell Tower should be demolished immediately   The giant, grim carbuncle that is Grenfell Tower is a stain on the councillors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and it should be torn to the ground immediately.   Allowing this monstrous … Continue reading “Grim Grenfell”

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 21, 2017

Disappointing Dent Coad

by Matthew Steeples

New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market   Prior to her victory, the now newly elected Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, clearly and repeatedly said she’d “fight to retain access to the single market”. Yesterday, however, she failed to join a whole … Continue reading “Disappointing Dent Coad”

June 19, 2017

Letters – Berkoff & Brenda

by Matthew Steeples

Actor and producer Steven Berkoff suggests Her Majesty The Queen should open up Buckingham Palace to survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy   Sir   In these grim times, when the shadow of death is stalking us with bitter regularity, an opportunity presents itself for our beloved Queen to actually do some real service … Continue reading “Letters – Berkoff & Brenda”

June 10, 2017

Empire State of Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse with tower in prominent Knightsbridge landmark for sale for £8.25 million   A penthouse with a tower in a Grade II listed landmark triangular ‘flat-iron’ building on the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £8.25 million ($10.51 million, €9.39 million or درهم38.62 million).   Created in 1991 to designs … Continue reading “Empire State of Knightsbridge”

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”

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?”

June 2, 2017

Betting on the Blues

by Jon Vine

Jon Vine on betting on Britain’s 2017 General Election   The General Election is just days away and bookmakers are experiencing a surprisingly stronger than usual uplift in interest from political betting punters. After Theresa May called an election back in April, the United Kingdom is going to the polls three years earlier than expected … Continue reading “Betting on the Blues”

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”

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 18, 2017

Poore Borwick

by Mark Newton

New contributor Mark Newton shares his views on the “dubious record” of Lady Borwick, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Kensington   Kensington, Kensington, its name beats the drum of the Conservative heartland of London. Tory grandees have worked long and hard to be fortified in this Bastion with greats like Alan Clark, Michael Portillo and Malcom … Continue reading “Poore Borwick”

May 13, 2017

The Best 4x4xFar

by Matthew Steeples

Immaculate 1993 Land Rover Range Vogue for sale; its price will astound but its condition will impress   An immaculately presented twenty-four year old Range Rover has gone on sale for £42,500 ($54,800, €50,100 or درهم201,200).   Offered by West London based Graeme Hunt, the 1993 Land Rover Range Rover Classic Vogue LSE 4.2-litre is … Continue reading “The Best 4x4xFar”

May 12, 2017

Carina Reid

by General

Thieving Chelsea based trollop Carina Reid was labeled “arrogant”, “extremely boorish” and a fraudster by a judge in May 2017. Often spotted in the now defunct La Brasserie restaurant, this tarty so-called beautician was jailed for three years in May 2016 and ordered to pay back £50,000 she’d falsely claimed in benefits a year later. … Continue reading “Carina Reid”

May 10, 2017

Rich Pickings

by Matthew Steeples

Trophy house with a “dictator interior” in The Boltons has nearly £10 million sliced off its asking price; iceberg home behind reduced by £5 million   A house in London’s second most expensive street has returned to the market at the much reduced price of £30 million ($38.8 million, €35.5 million or درهم142.6 million) in … Continue reading “Rich Pickings”

May 7, 2017

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

Backing Borwick

by Justin Downes

K&C resident Justin Downes shares his reasons for supporting Victoria Borwick, the Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Kensington   It is sad that politics has become – if it ever wasn’t – such a filthy business. It is sadder still when a politician noted for integrity, hard work and compassion becomes the subject of a … Continue reading “Backing Borwick”

May 5, 2017

Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’

by Matthew Steeples

As black tie bonanzas deservedly take a bashing, we ask: “What’s next for Britain and America’s party paraders?”   Last May, the acerbic Spectator columnist Taki wrote a brilliant opinion piece bemoaning the ghastly affair he believed New York’s Metropolitan Museum Gala had become. It perfectly summed up the vulgarity of an age where Kardashians … Continue reading “Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’”

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”

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 25, 2017

Beating Borwick

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ urges readers in Kensington to vote tactically to unseat Victoria Borwick   Victoria Borwick, in spite of representing a constituency that was home to a greater proportion of EU nationals than any other London borough in 2016, was a firm advocate of Brexit. In the months since the disastrous vote, she has … Continue reading “Beating Borwick”

April 24, 2017

Marked by Mice

by Matthew Steeples

Scott’s in Mayfair to reopen after closing due to a mice infestation; Montpeliano remains open in spite of receiving a Food Standards Agency rating of zero out of five   Today, Scott’s restaurant in Mount Street, Mayfair reopens after having been closed for six days for what they called “a spring clean and revamp”.   … Continue reading “Marked by Mice”

A Serious Shed

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington flat with ‘summer house’ shed for sale for £3.25 million   An apartment in Malvern Court, SW7 has gone on the market for £3.25 million ($4.2 million, €3.9 million or درهم15.3 million). It comes with an extra one wouldn’t expect to find with a pre-war mansion block flat just by South Kensington Underground … Continue reading “A Serious Shed”

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 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”

April 10, 2017

81 Miles From New

by Matthew Steeples

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 that has been driven just 81 miles and stored in a Knightsbridge garage since new to be auctioned for 1,000% more than a normal example of its age   A Mercedes-Benz with a difference is to be auctioned on its twenty-first birthday on 12th April. The car to be offered is an … Continue reading “81 Miles From New”

April 6, 2017

Dining without Toto

by Matthew Steeples

Former Toto’s site in Lennox Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge to become a “contemporary Japanese” restaurant named Dinings   In April 2014, just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s prepared to reopen after a £3 million makeover at the behest of a new Indian owner. In spite of serving the most delicious Italian food, … Continue reading “Dining without Toto”

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”

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 7, 2016

Exciting a Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Jaguar E-Type originally owned by Prince Michael of Kent for sale   A 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-litre FHC originally owned by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is for sale with an Essex vintage car specialist.   Described as having “matching numbers, in impeccable order throughout and being close to conours”, Prince … Continue reading “Exciting a Royal”

Reviewing Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Romulo Café in Kensington; it serves the finest Filipino cuisine and is well worth trying   Romulo Café bills itself as providing “a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington” and that it certainly does. Here you’ll find not only authentic cuisine but also a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere … Continue reading “Reviewing Romulo”

December 4, 2016

Old and New – Sloanes

by Matthew Steeples

New series contrasting the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ begins with Sloane Rangers   Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lady Diana Spencer used to drink at The Admiral Codrington whilst Sloanes named Perdita and Peregrine downed gin like it was water in The Australian in Milner Street.   Loud braces and yellow cords … Continue reading “Old and New – Sloanes”

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”

October 18, 2016

Slumping Super-Prime

by Matthew Steeples

Sales of super-prime properties in the UK fall by 86%   Yesterday, the property group London Central Portfolio released data that showed that sales of £10 million-plus properties in the UK had fallen 86% over the past year.   Blaming hefty Stamp Duty increases and Brexit uncertainty, the firm reported that just 5 “super-prime” properties … Continue reading “Slumping Super-Prime”

October 7, 2016

Religious Pigeons

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed North Yorkshire hall for sale; it comes with a converted chapel and a converted pigeon loft   £925,000 ($1.14 million or €1.03 million) will barely buy a broom cupboard in Kensington and Chelsea, but for the same sum a 3,893 square foot Grade II* listed medieval hall in the Yorkshire Dales National … Continue reading “Religious Pigeons”

July 20, 2016

Pandemonium of Park Parakeets

by Matthew Steeples

Rose-winged parakeets are prospering in Kensington Gardens and bringing joy to visitors   Bringing a note of joy to our otherwise troubled world, a pandemonium of rose-winged parakeets are currently entertaining visitors to Kensington Gardens.   Over fifteen of the green birds are now to be found next to the park’s The Long Water in … Continue reading “Pandemonium of Park Parakeets”

May 1, 2016

The ultimate iceberg home

by Matthew Steeples

House in The Boltons goes on the market for £27.5 million more than it was marketed for in 2012 complete with an extra four levels of accommodation

April 21, 2016

A Nutty Nissan

by Matthew Steeples

Nutty Nissan Micra art car appears in Knightsbridge

April 17, 2016

Anarchy in the UK

by Matthew Steeples

Richard Young Gallery hosts a private view of ‘Anarchy in the UK’

March 26, 2016

Review – Kensington West Hotel

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews the Kensington West Hotel – an ideal hotel for travellers seeking value in a convenient location in London

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.

March 16, 2016

Ex-ing Rutland

by Matthew Steeples

Evening Standard describes Tamara Ecclestone’s husband Jay Rutland as her “ex-husband”; do they know something the public have yet to learn?

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times wishes readers a prosperous 2016 and reviews some of our favourite stories from 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

November 27, 2015

Grand gardening

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington communal garden offered for sale for the staggering sum of £175,000

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

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

November 4, 2015

Taking bijou to another level

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington studio with what are described as “two sleeping areas” hits the market for a staggering £1.195 million or £1,950 per square foot

October 15, 2015

Angelo Vizcaino

by General

A popular and hard-working waiter at La Brasserie in London’s Brompton Cross, pint-sized Angelo Vizcaino delights in telling customers about his love of Cuba and his pet dog.

September 27, 2015

Mr Penny Farthing

by General

Often spotted on the roads of Kensington and Chelsea, as little is known about Mr Penny Farthing as his fellow eccentric The Fantasy Cyclist.

September 19, 2015

Sandra Shevey

by General

Though she claims to be a feminist, a writer, an expert on market towns and a film and television location tour guide, Sandra Shevey tends to busy her days writing complaints about amongst others Asda, Debenhams, Tesco and Waitrose on Twitter.

September 17, 2015

Opening up

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge residents have a right to peace but they should not have the right to stop legitimate businesses such as Harrods running a restaurant that will serve both locals and visitors

September 16, 2015

Five of the Best: Artists’ studios

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ chooses five artists’ studios for sale that will appeal to creatives with significant means

August 21, 2015

The Ark of Brompton Cross

by Matthew Steeples

Playboys swarming the streets of SW3 have turned Brompton Cross into the Arabian answer to Oxford Circus

July 9, 2015

From Russia with Cash

by Matthew Steeples

Anyone who watches Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ will agree that it is now time for estate agents to be regulated suggests Matthew Steeples

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

July 4, 2015

Beware of the bitches; bitches beware

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Steven Berkoff’s first novel: ‘Sod the bitches!’ whilst the author shares his take on it in a video exclusive

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 6, 2015

Britain’s most expensive hut?

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny converted hut in the Lake District placed on the market for the same price as a flat in Kensington, London

May 30, 2015

A toxic trio

by Venetia Grey

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

May 28, 2015

Boating with a Birka

by Matthew Steeples

Boat shrouded with a veil provides a reminder that it is again time to debate banning burkas in Britain

May 21, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Steak tartare

by Joudie Kalla

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for steak tartare that she was introduced to at the Hotel De Vigny in Paris

May 20, 2015

Maxing the council

by Matthew Steeples

A £1.15 million ex-council flat sums up just how bonkers the Chelsea property market truly is

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 

Kensington Claus

by General

It’s Christmas every day for this bearded giant. Generally spotted in the pubs of South Kensington and always on his own, Kensington Claus has favoured drinking spots at each bar he visits

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

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

Emma Sayle

by General

Describing herself on Twitter as “London’s proper little madam”, there’s a lot more to Emma Sayle than meets the eye.

March 31, 2015

Elliot Bssila

by General

London based crimper to the stars Elliot Bssila has styled the hair of people as diverse as Nancy Dell’Olio and Lulu

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 7, 2015

Alexa Jago

by General

A delightful and talented actress and film financier, Alexa Jago is based in London and Los Angeles.

Houses of the Holy

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Page wins planning dispute with neighbour Robbie Williams

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