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Tag: South Kensington

March 27, 2017

Bigots & Baseball Caps

by Matthew Steeples

Intolerance comes in many forms but the very worst kind is middle class hypocrisy   In a week when Damien Hirst was told: “Go home!” by animal rights activists in Venice (who also dumped 40kg of dung outside where he is due to exhibit a non-animal related show at the Palazzo Grassi), I, myself, experienced … Continue reading “Bigots & Baseball Caps”

March 23, 2017

The Loss of La Bras

by Matthew Steeples

The closure of La Brasserie in Chelsea should send a signal to greedy landlords; their avarice is killing London   There are restaurants that come and go and there are ones that become institutions. La Brasserie fell into the second category but sadly, yesterday, after 45 years in business, this popular dining spot closed its … Continue reading “The Loss of La Bras”

March 16, 2017

Not So Roomy

by Matthew Steeples

Small, single room in South Kensington to be sold for £150,000 at auction   A single room in South Kensington is to be auctioned for the staggering sum of £150,000 ($184,000, €172,000 or درهم675,000).   Curiously offered with a “reserve price not to exceed” that sum, the 205 square foot space is on the lower … Continue reading “Not So Roomy”

October 24, 2016

Mapping Trump

by Matthew Steeples

The world according to Donald Trump (and where to watch the US elections in London)   According to the Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov, Donald Trump is an example of “a modern Icarus, Trump thinks he’s a butterfly that can cause a hurricane. The problem is he can’t fly”.   In the latest map in his … Continue reading “Mapping Trump”

October 22, 2016

The Pret Prayer

by General

A new addition to the South Kensington neighbourhood in October 2016, the Pret Prayer likes to get his mat out in front of all and sundry in Pret A Manager in Old Brompton Road, SW7. He also likes to paint and listen to his radio – on full volume, of course. He then joins the … Continue reading “The Pret Prayer”

October 15, 2016

The Pret Sleeper

by Matthew Steeples

Spotted early in the mornings in Pret A Manager in South Kensington, the Pret Sleeper wears loafers and an entirely black outfit. He usually purchases nothing and sits and sleeps. Occasionally he takes out a notebook and biro but only once has he been heard to speak; he choose to ring his bank manager about … Continue reading “The Pret Sleeper”

August 11, 2016

Room to swing a cat

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny studio in London’s SW7 offered for sale for more than the average price calculated to buy enough space to swing a cat in that area   It costs £119,965 or £1,527 per square foot to buy enough room to swing a cat – calculated at 78.54 square foot by the homeless charity Shelter – … Continue reading “Room to swing a cat”

July 19, 2016

An SW3 raid

by Matthew Steeples

Home Office immigration enforcement officials raid SW3 apartment block that counts actress Jacqueline Bisset amongst its residents   A ritzy Chelsea apartment building that counts Bullitt star actress Jacqueline Bisset amongst its residents was raided by Home Office immigration enforcement officers on Friday last.   Crompton Court on the corner of Brompton Road and Pelham … Continue reading “An SW3 raid”

May 19, 2016

Mr Make a Big Issue

by General

Big Issue sellers are normally pleasant but Mr Make a Big Issue is quite the exception.

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.