Tue Jul 25, 2017 London
X

The Steeple Times is an online magazine with a following of upto 880,000 unique views per day on our best day yet.

  • We have 91,000 daily subscribers by email.

  • We typically average around 320,000 unique views per day.

  • We currently have 65 contributing authors who range from students to the actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff and the champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

Tag: Russian

June 10, 2017

Watching Putin

by Matthew Steeples

Patek Philippe watch allegedly originally owned by President Putin to be auctioned; it is said to be worth around £800,000   It’s given owner is potentially #FakeNews, but a watch that is due be auctioned in Monaco in July has been photographed with paperwork that suggests it originally belonged to President Putin.   Said to … Continue reading “Watching Putin”

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”

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?”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

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”

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 19, 2016

The Pret Spitter

by General

Always in a red ski jacket and always with a trolley and umbrella, The Pret Spitter is a most unpleasant vagrant.

January 30, 2016

Naff and overpriced

by Matthew Steeples

One of America’s naffest houses returns to the market at a much reduced price of £11.9 million (down from £17.6 million) and with the neighbouring £5.6 million house thrown in as an extra

January 11, 2016

Hurley and Spink

by Matthew Steeples

Redcliffe Road house by the developer of Britain’s most expensive home that is situated opposite the London residence of Liz Hurley offered for sale for £4.75 million

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

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

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

February 2, 2015

Passage to another world; we are not terrorists

by steepleadmin

Conflict photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts encounters with doctors and drunks in Donetsk and finds that all the people there want is for the world to know what is happening to them

January 16, 2015

Welcome to Donetsk

by steepleadmin

Photographer Maximilian Clarke recounts his experiences at the hands of soldiers in Donetsk

December 28, 2014

Meet a Moron

by Matthew Steeples

Marinka Smirnova illustrates that stereotypes sometimes can be spot on

October 18, 2014

A crystal wheeler

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s tackiest car, a crystal covered Mercedes, sells for just under £155,000   A previous Wally of the Week, Daria Radionova, might not be such a fool after all given that she has just sold her Swarovski crystal covered Mercedes CLS 350 for the astonishing figure of £154,600.

September 29, 2014

Evgeny Lebedev

by General

This “true romantic” and “Londongrad playboy” is the publisher of The Independent and the Evening Standard and also was involved in setting up the London Live television station. Evgeny Lebedev is the son of a billionaire ex-KGB agent and has been described as “a modern Machiavellian prince” and as having “a penchant for white silk suits”. … Continue reading “Evgeny Lebedev”

September 23, 2014

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (AKA “Vlad” Restoin Roitfeld)

by General

The Paris-born son of fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Equipment shirt brand founder Christian Restoin, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld is the founder of New York art dealership of the same name. He’s the godson of the photographer Mario Testino and has dated the fashionista Giovanna Battaglia and “the female Roman Abramovich” Goga Ashkenazi. Restoin Roitfeld – … Continue reading “Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (AKA “Vlad” Restoin Roitfeld)”

March 28, 2014

Speedback

by Matthew Steeples

David Brown Automotive’s Speedback is a stunning vehicle   David Brown shares not only his name with Sir David Brown of DB Aston Martin fame but also an ability to create the most stunning of cars. The contemporary Brown, though not related to Sir David or Aston Martin in any way, has plainly taken inspiration … Continue reading “Speedback”

March 3, 2014

Expel Putin’s henchmen

by Matthew Steeples

Susannah Constantine calls for Putin’s henchmen to be expelled   Trinny and Susannah are best known for telling the nation’s women what to wear but today one half of this brilliant duo spoke sense when she took to Facebook to express her views on Putin and his cronies.

February 28, 2014

An outworldly place

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker visits Antarctica   I was on the ship that didn’t get stuck in the ice at Christmas. In the wake of Prince Harry who trekked there and was airlifted back, I went via Patagonia and Buenos Aires (a phenomenal city where they genuinely dance in the streets and they miss their archbishop), to … Continue reading “An outworldly place”

January 2, 2014

Rolling along nicely

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce and Bentley are prospering   Yesterday’s financial press rightly hailed the success of two of Britain’s finest brands: Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Their results during 2013 were frankly astounding.

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”

December 27, 2013

The arrivals and departures of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

The births, deaths and innovations of the year   2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.

December 21, 2013

To your health

by steepleadmin

Anthony Mamo shares his views on the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky   Yesterday, by virtue of executive order #922 signed by the President of Russia himself, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison and is now in Germany visiting his seriously ill mother.

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”

November 2, 2013

Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)

by Matthew Steeples

Russian born and the wife of John F. Kennedy’s killer, Oswald Porter met Lee Harvey Oswald when he defected to the Soviet Union in 1961. The couple settled in Dallas, Texas in 1962 and after the murder, she married her neighbour Kenneth Porter in 1965. Helena Bomham Carter played her in the 1993 television film … Continue reading “Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)”

October 2, 2013

La revolution reverse

by Matthew Steeples

Pontus Maltborg examines the changing face of France’s Ligue 1   The French football Ligue 1 has long been the league of the many and of unpredictability as it has had 6 different champions during the last 6 years and lacked real established hierarchy. This is however drastically changing as the French league is now … Continue reading “La revolution reverse”

September 22, 2013

The legacy of Berezovsky

by Matthew Steeples

Will of Boris Berezovksy confirms he was far from broke and again raises questions about his death by hanging   When he died, many wrongly jumped to the conclusion that Boris Berezovsky was broke. With the publication of a story about his will by The Sunday Times today, it most certainly seems that this was … Continue reading “The legacy of Berezovsky”

September 15, 2013

Emilia Wickstead

by General

A talented lady with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. When the founder of The Steeple Times first encountered her, Wickstead was a little known fashion designer who was part of a charity fashion event in Chelsea organised by a Russian with a boutique in Essex. This Auckland born … Continue reading “Emilia Wickstead”

September 14, 2013

Russian rubbish

by Matthew Steeples

We’d rather not ‘Meet The Russians’   Whilst Made in Chelsea is harmless nonsense and The Only Way Is Essex car crash viewing, the plethora of similar shows that have followed are surely just indicative of the new lows British television has arrived at.

August 24, 2013

Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in 1993, this heir to the fortune of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is the founder of ARA Capital, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker ZOL. In 2010, he unsuccessfully bid for FC Copenhagen and in March 2013, he snapped up a Siberian oilfield for $46 million. Daddy will make … Continue reading “Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)”

August 23, 2013

Kira Plastinina (Ки́ра Серге́евна Пласти́нина)

by General

Born in 1992, this Russian youngster launched a fashion brand in 2008 and currently has around 300 stores in “a few countries”. Plastinina’s father, a dairy tycoon, once paid Paris Hilton $2 million to attend one of the “teen millionaire’s” launches but her PR strategy hasn’t been exactly great. Of her designs, the Los Angeles … Continue reading “Kira Plastinina (Ки́ра Серге́евна Пласти́нина)”

August 22, 2013

Wentworth Miller III

by Matthew Steeples

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he declined to attend a film … Continue reading “Wentworth Miller III”

August 16, 2013

All hail vulgarity

by Matthew Steeples

21st century gauche replaces 20th century elegance   A hidden enclave opposite the V&A museum in South Kensington was home to two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating individuals. London club owner and arbiter of good taste Mark Birley lived at Thurloe Lodge for nearly thirty years until his death in 2007 and for a … Continue reading “All hail vulgarity”

July 3, 2013

As safe as Stockinger

by Matthew Steeples

Stockinger’s safes represent the most secure of investments   Masterpiece 2013 closes today. This impressive showcase is something that has been crammed to the brim with some of the finest works of art, design and antiques currently on the market, but given that many of these items are of immense value, they need to be … Continue reading “As safe as Stockinger”

June 24, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part II

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the second in a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He continues with Eva Penson, Leighton Candler and Dana Power.  

June 13, 2013

Return of a King

by Matthew Steeples

William Dalrymple suggests the past should guide anyone considering invading Afghanistan   Last night I attended a reception hosted by Sir Tom Stoppard and the Founders’ Circle of the London Library at the East India Club with my great friend Barbara Minto. At it, the writer and historian William Dalrymple gave a brief but fascinating … Continue reading “Return of a King”

June 11, 2013

A tour of ‘Putin’s Palace’

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look around a palace that allegedly cost $1 billion to construct   Located on the Black Sea coast is a palatial residence that the press have named ‘Putin’s Palace’. The reported construction cost of this property is an astounding $1 billion.  

May 18, 2013

Fooling Fogle

by Matthew Steeples

Ben Fogle suggests that he could have been poisoned by a Russian spy   Ben Fogle’s rise to the middle realms of “fame” is something I’ve always found puzzling. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an affable chap and I have utterly no problem with him but whenever he comes on the screen, I find myself … Continue reading “Fooling Fogle”

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?””

April 16, 2013

The Julian Assange lookalike

by Matthew Steeples

He parties here, he parties there, he parties absolutely everywhere. Some say he looks like Julian Assange and others comment on his champagne loving companion.

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 15, 2013

Kathy Clugston

by Matthew Steeples

Belfast born Clugston is known as “The Posh Radio 4 Lady” or “The PR4L” and is BBC Radio 4’s continuity announcer. This witty lady’s voice is familiar to millions as a result of this but she’s also the female Irish voice for TomTom satellite navigation systems and the creator of the “Radio4minus1letter” Twitter based game. … Continue reading “Kathy Clugston”

March 14, 2013

Marcus Cooper

by Matthew Steeples

A property developer extraordinaire with a “passion for deals”. He has been involved in deals involving many of London’s most expensive properties and founded the Marcus Cooper Group in 1991. Cooper purchased the capital’s second largest home, Witanhurst on Highgate Hill, for £32 million in 2007 and put it back on the market five weeks … Continue reading “Marcus Cooper”

December 2, 2012

Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks model and personality Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? I try to learn something from everyone I meet.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is short so enjoy a … Continue reading “Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by Andreas Kirchberger

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

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 1, 2012

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

October 22, 2012

Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the right-wing businessman and owner of Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle, Sir Benjamin Slade: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Money, power, sex, success, land, trees, books and fine wine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 17, 2012

Portraits in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the private view of Aliona Adrianova’s Portraits at LINLEY   On the 10th October 2012, a private view of the works of the portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova was held at LINLEY in Albermarle Street, Mayfair. The Steeple Times was honoured to be asked to be the media partner for the event … Continue reading “Portraits in Mayfair”

October 14, 2012

Rocking with royalty

by Matthew Steeples

A £26 million residence with connections to rock, royalty and rectors   Built in the early 1500s, The Old Rectory is Wimbledon’s oldest house. Standing in grounds of 2.5 acres, this 16,200 square foot property was once described by a biographer of Sir Henry Cecil as being “not luxurious, but adequate” but now once again … Continue reading “Rocking with royalty”

September 30, 2012

Aliona Adrianova “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Love.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Believe in magic, be yourself and choose happiness.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Aliona Adrianova “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

May 20, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Gregory Barker (AKA “Greg Barker”)

by Matthew Steeples

Gregory Barker worked for Roman Abramovich at the Sibneft Oil Group and as Energy Minister, took his daschund, Otto, to work at the Houses of Parliament. A Conservative Member of Parliament between 2001 and 2015, Barker lives between Notting Hill and Sussex and is widely cited as the architect of David Cameron’s “green conservatism”.  

Dmitry Rybolovlev

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire businessman started out in medicine but soon moved into commerce realising that enterprise would better provide for his family. He was imprisoned on falsified charges of contract murder for 11 months in 1996. Subsequently cleared, Rybolovlev then went on to make his fortune in potassium and banking. This divorced father of two has … Continue reading “Dmitry Rybolovlev”

May 13, 2012

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

Andrey Melnichenko

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire co-founded one of Russia’s largest private banks, MDM Bank, in 1993, and has interests in companies producing mineral fertilisers and extracting coal. His £300 million yacht, “A,” named after his Serbian model wife Aleksandra, is 400ft long and designed by Philippe Starck. With 42 staff to look after the whims of just 14 … Continue reading “Andrey Melnichenko”

May 8, 2012

Lapo Elkann

by Matthew Steeples

The Agnelli “crown prince” is also nicknamed “Lapo of Luxury.” Regularly voted as being one of the best dressed men on the planet, he’s worked as a personal assistant to Henry Kissinger and for the family business on brands including Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat. Not without controversy, Elkann’s presence at any event leaves the girls … Continue reading “Lapo Elkann”

April 28, 2012

Arkady Novikov

by Matthew Steeples

Mr Novikov controls over 50 restaurants in Moscow but doesn’t have an office. He started out with a loan of $50,000 from a Soviet cooperative after being turned down for a job at McDonalds. He now also owns supermarkets, cinemas and florists and is dubbed the “blini baron.” Aside from his 7,000-person empire, he owns … Continue reading “Arkady Novikov”

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.

March 27, 2012

The blini baron triumphs

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Novikov’s Asian Restaurant   I went to Novikov expecting something brash and “oligarch-tastic” having read articles that bigged up this recent Russian arrival at the heart of Mayfair as just such. As Wayne Rooney once said: “How wrong was I?”   Novikov is owned by Arkady Novikov, a man who heads an … Continue reading “The blini baron triumphs”

ob_flush(); ?>