A round up of the moves of the newsworthy
Stripping the Sole
Joining the many shops and restaurants driven out by rising rents and greedy landlords, the R. Soles shoe shop on the Kings Road closed this week. The Russian owned Evening Standard snidely concluded: “With a name like that, it’s a wonder it stayed in business so long”.
“Chain bistro” Café Rouge in Basil Street, SW3 was never considered a culinary hotspot but with its passing another nail has been administered into Knightsbridge’s coffin. The Victorian building will be demolished and replaced by a luxury hotel. Naturally, the new owners are Qatari.
Foxtrot Oscar was a Chelsea institution for many decades under the ownership of Rex Leyland and Michael Proudlock. Bought and redecorated in “stripy material that looks like Plasticine but isn’t half as much fun” by Gordon Ramsay in 2008, it didn’t fare well. The F-Word presenter is now turning it into another branch of his Maze Grill chain.
Gardening with the Ecclestone-Stunt-Rutlands
The opening of The Ivy Chelsea Garden has brought with it a new “hideout” for the ridiculous convoy of cars owned by James Stunt and his wife Petra and those of her sister Tamara Ecclestone and her husband Jay Rutland. A reader spotted them in the vicinity on Wednesday and remarked: “That’s the end of that place then. It’s over before it’s even kicked off. Next!” Touché.
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