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Tag: Knightsbridge

July 24, 2017

Dogging Assange

by Matthew Steeples

Gold wrapped van advertising “elite” dogs parks opposite the Ecuadorian Embassy ‘home’ of bail skipper Julian Assange   The silly season has come early in Knightsbridge: Sighted Sunday evening and parked, rather appropriately, opposite the Embassy of Ecuador ‘home’ of the fugitive bail skipper Julian Assange, was a gold wrapped van advertising protection and guard … Continue reading “Dogging Assange”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

Limited in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

As Arabs descend on London with their eccentric convoys of cars, we select a new arrival; such things delight some and infuriate others   The time of year is upon Knightsbridge when Arabs and their supercars descend. Amongst them come exotically coloured Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, but one new arrival this season is … Continue reading “Limited in Knightsbridge”

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 18, 2017

Going Dutch

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million   A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).   Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment … Continue reading “Going Dutch”

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 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading “A House of Hide”

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”

May 3, 2017

Viscount St Davids

by Matthew Steeples

A statement from Matthew Steeples about the man who, in a London courtroom, called him a “wanker”   Yesterday, in London, in a stained tweed gilet more appropriate to Wiltshire than Westminster, Viscount St Davids – amusingly referenced in court as plain old ‘Mr St Davids’ much to the disgust of him and his and … Continue reading “Viscount St Davids”

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”

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 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”

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 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 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”

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”

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

The Community Conundrum

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea locals bemoan the loss of their community gathering point   Last night at The Enterprise in Walton Street, a group of bereft locals gathered to hold a wake in honour of the demise of their favoured meeting spot, La Brasserie.   No one present denied the fact that there are plenty of other bars … Continue reading “The Community Conundrum”

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”

March 12, 2017

Large in Lowndes

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Knightsbridge penthouse with two terraces and a double garage for sale for a sum 478% higher than it achieved in 2000   A penthouse across three buildings in Knightsbridge that sold for £5.1 million (the equivalent of £7.9 million, $9.6 million, €9 million or درهم 35.3 million today) in November 2000 has gone on … Continue reading “Large in Lowndes”

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”

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”

January 5, 2017

Unlikely Bedfellows

by Matthew Steeples

Sarah Palin’s attempt to gain the support of Julian Assange shows that conventional politics have been consigned to history   In a post Wednesday on her Facebook account, batty Sarah Palin did an about turn and apologised to Julian Assange – a man she’d described as “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands” in … Continue reading “Unlikely Bedfellows”

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”

September 29, 2016

The No. 1 Showoff

by Matthew Steeples

The most vulgar numberplate in Britain arrives in SW3   Yesterday, in Walton Street, a Rolls-Royce parked opposite Scalini restaurant. There was nothing unusual about that but it’s point of difference was its numberplate.   The owner of the car had chosen ‘SH10W OF’ and in doing so simply illustrated his or herself for what … Continue reading “The No. 1 Showoff”

September 11, 2016

Raising Walton Street

by Matthew Steeples

Six storey Chelsea house for sale for 268% more than it sold for in 2007   Last sold for a total of £5,025,000 million ($6,668,000 or €5,936,000) in 2007, 37–39 Walton Street in Chelsea was formed by the merger of two townhouses that has created an 6,294 square foot home complete with the addition of … Continue reading “Raising Walton Street”

May 12, 2016

Parked

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge garage offered for the same price as an 18th century house on Orkney

April 21, 2016

A Nutty Nissan

by Matthew Steeples

Nutty Nissan Micra art car appears in Knightsbridge

April 14, 2016

Donning The Enterprise

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of ‘Don who’s Donna at night’ for sale for £3 million – in spite of the fact it needs renovation

April 12, 2016

Overheard – 12th April

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

March 24, 2016

An £850,000 cupboard

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny maisonette in Knightsbridge goes on the market for the ridiculous sum of £850,000 (despite having just 33 years remaining on its lease)

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

February 28, 2016

Arthur Woodham

by General

Born on Christmas Day 1927, Arthur Woodham is famed for his eponymous café in Kingsland Road, Dalston.

February 26, 2016

Studios on the up?

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny Knightsbridge studio on the market for the bonkers sum of £1.375 million or £3,000 per square foot will set a new record if it sells for its asking price

January 14, 2016

A knockout in Knightsbridge

by General

Knockout two course lunch and dinner offer at The Rib Room including a glass of wine for under £20

January 13, 2016

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs offer lunch with wine for under a tenner

January 10, 2016

An expensive studio

by Matthew Steeples

Small studio flat overlooking Britain’s most expensive street for sale for a staggering £2,300 per square foot

December 9, 2015

Tanya Burr

by General

Born Norwich in 1989, beauty and fashion blogger and vlogger Tanya Burr has made a small fortune from her craft.

December 1, 2015

Overheard: 1st December

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ in the last week

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 31, 2015

A tawdry trio

by Matthew Steeples

As Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton lose their attempt to reclaim £14 million worth of Kensington and Chelsea properties that they signed over to the ‘Vamp in the Veil’ Sara Al Amoudi, we suggest all three are nothing but tawdry

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 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

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 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

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 27, 2015

Your lease is up

by Matthew Steeples

Unmodernised Knightsbridge flat for sale for the equivalent of a staggering £1,500 per day

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 13, 2015

Royal Ascot in London

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs to host special Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day lunch

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki

June 7, 2015

The king of rentals

by Matthew Steeples

A 39th floor apartment in The Pierre Hotel in New York becomes the city’s priciest rental at a staggering £327,000 per month

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

A fruity price

by Matthew Steeples

Minute 1-bedroom Knightsbridge mews house comes to the market for an astounding £3.75 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 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.

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 26, 2015

Watering the asylum

by Matthew Steeples

A bizarre, eight-floor converted water tower in the middle of an ugly redevelopment of an Essex lunatic asylum remains on the market despite a price cut of £200,000

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

Tommy’s troubles

by General

Thomas McLoughlin sentenced for his latest actions against Matthew Steeples

April 21, 2015

Nina Campbell

by General

On her website Nina Campbell describes herself as “one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers” and someone with a “contagious wit and brilliant sense of style”.

April 2, 2015

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Motcombs Bar & Restaurant offers what could quite possibly be the best set of bargains for drinkers in the affluent area of Belgravia during April – including two G&Ts for just £5.90

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 29, 2015

Arjun Waney

by General

Described as “the most successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain” by Newsweek, Arjun Waney is the Karachi born septuagenarian behind restaurants in Dubai, Istanbul, London, Malibu and New York

March 27, 2015

Joudie Kalla

by General

Having begun her career cooking at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and at Daphne’s and Papillon in Chelsea, Joudie Kalla established Baity Kitchen in Walton Street in 2011.

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.

March 8, 2015

Making a mews

by Matthew Steeples

Lennox Gardens Mews house for sale for £5.8 million

March 6, 2015

Nancy Dell’Olio

by General

A whirlwind of energy accompanies Nancy Dell’Olio wherever she goes.

March 4, 2015

London is Changing

by Matthew Steeples

London is Changing website voices the struggles of Londoners

March 2, 2015

Kidnapped from Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge

January 16, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge bar and restaurant The Rib Room creates a cocktail using 41 gins (and 9 other ingredients) to mark the release of the film ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

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