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Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government,...

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of...

Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)

Oslo born, San Francisco based interior designer and philanthropist Charlot D. Malin had a day named in her honour by The City and County of San Francisco in November 2016. A mother of twins...

Baba Vanga (баба Ванга, AKA ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, 1911 – 1996)

This blind, illiterate, psychic Macedonian villager predicted everything from 9/11 – in suggesting that “the American brethren would be attacked by two steel birds” in 2001 many years earlier in 1989 – to an...

Mr Make a Big Issue

Big Issue sellers are normally pleasant but Mr Make a Big Issue is quite the exception. Regularly spotted in Chelsea and South Kensington, this angry individual is prone to ranting and swears at those...

Mary Millington (marital name Mary Maxted, born Mary Quilter, 1945 – 1979)

Defined as “wanting it and wanting as much as she could get”, tragic English model and pornographic actress Mary Millington “loved money more than anything else”. Born out of wedlock and a friend of...

Sir Ken Adam OBE (born Klaus Adam, 1921 – 2016)

Born in Berlin and brought up in London, Oscar and BAFTA winner Sir Ken Adam was undoubtedly the father of “larger-than-life film sets”. The creator of the “War Room” in Dr Strangelove and the...

Will and Calum Thompson (AKA “The Eat Wild Boys”)

Pictured with country sports PR guru Claire Zambuni, the Gloucestershire born co-founders of Eat Wild – Will and Calum Thompson – can be credited with shaking up how game is cooked. Stars of...

Arthur Woodham

Born on Christmas Day 1927, Arthur Woodham is famed for his eponymous café in Kingsland Road, Dalston. Living by routine with his family at premises they’ve owned and operated since 1935, this true Londoner...

Hannah Wick

Despite having suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Herefordshire born Hannah Wick displays passion and gusto that’s hard to find. A former buyer at Harvey Nichols, London based Wick now blogs about “Wickles’ wonderful...

Daniel Lismore

Described by Vogue as “England’s most eccentric dresser”, Daniel Lismore refers to himself as a “living work of art”. He is the creative director of the London based atelier Sorapol, has over 9,200 followers...

John Patrick Hannan

In January 2015, Irish born John Patrick Hannan became the world’s most elusive fugitive after having spent 60 years on the run. Jailed for car theft and assaulting two police officers for 21 months...

Max Whitlock (nicknamed “Maxi”)

Hemel Hempstead born gymnast Max Whitlock performed a spectacular dance routine on a piano at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2015 and became the first British male World Gymnastics Champion...

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Illinois born and New York based Kelly Killoren Bensimon describes herself as a “mother, model, author and equestrian”. A Playboy cover girl in 2010, Killoren Bensimon blogs as #KKBLOVES, has over 188,000 followers on...

Lee Miller (Lady Penrose, born Elizabeth Miller, 1907 – 1977)

One of the only female professional photographers accredited as an official US war correspondent during World War II, Lee Miller was photographed sitting in Hitler’s very own bathtub in Munich on the day he...

Ted Richards

Having removed his ears, had 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue, parrot obsessive Ted Richards told The Sun of his desire to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a...

Victoria Pendleton CBE (married name Victoria Gardner)

Having triumphed on two wheels, controversial champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton turned her attention to competitive action involving four legs in August 2015 and came second as an amateur jockey in the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur...

Christopher Mason

A somewhat eccentric British-American transplant, Christopher Mason describes himself as an author, journalist, photographer, singer-songwriter and television presenter. Cambridge University educated and an expert on the Sotheby’s-Christie’s price fixing scandal, Mason also performed a...

Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 – 2001)

Ten times married (officially) and a mother of four, New Jersey born Bonnie Lee Bakley wanted to be famous but instead ended up being shot dead in the car of the In Cold Blood...

Gino D’Acampo

Though his middle name is ‘Sheffield’, television chef Gino D’Acampo was actually born in Torre del Greco in Italy. Twice incarcerated – once for two years for burgling the home of the singer Paul Young...

Gillian Clarke (1941 – 2015)

The late daughter of schoolteachers from Sidcup, Kent and a mother of two, Gillian Clarke met her Conservative politician husband Kenneth at Cambridge in 1963. A redoubtable “rock” to her husband and “gracious hostess”,...

Francesco Macera

Naples born Francesco Macera found fame in London whilst working at Frankie Dettori’s restaurant, Sette. Here, aside from showing great skills as a cocktail barman, this friendly Italian regularly entertained guests with spectacular magical...

Nicholas Loeb

The son of the former United States Ambassador to Denmark John L. Loeb, Jr., Nicholas Loeb is the founder of Loeb’s Onion Crunch. Despite a troubled childhood – which culminated with his mentally ill...

Reverend Robert Parker

A controversial, twice-married, former parish priest turned multi-millionaire businessman, Derbyshire born Robert Parker left the Anglican church in 1984 and set up a chain of care homes. He has since bought hotels and buy-to-let...

Gillian Duffy

The personification of a political swingometer, Gillian Duffy thought she was speaking for the nation when she stated: “I’m voting Labour. I want a Labour government and to get behind Ed Miliband as our...

David Hallberg

The first ever American invited to be a premier dancer in Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, David Hallberg was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and “found inspiration through the films of Fred Astaire”. Hallberg has...

Ruthann Aron (AKA “Ruth Aron”, née Ruthann Greenzweig)

So desperate was “exquisitely sensitive” Ruthann Aron to be a politician that she hired a hitman to deal with those who had hindered her prospects. An “obsessive” gun-lover who was described by her father (who...

Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners (AKA “The No Manners Girls”)

Famous for their raucous parties, Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners are the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Neighbours comment that having these fun loving aristos next door is...

Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

This big-haired New York and Newport based socialite and aviation enthusiast co-founded Helicopter Flight Services in 1985. Topsy Taylor has been described as having “one of the last mid-Atlantic accents” and was married to...

Peter Dinklage

Despite his diminutive stature, Peter Dinklage lives life large. A father of one and a vegetarian, this New Jersey born 4’5” actor has played Tyron Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones since 2011. This...

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olson

Despite an age gap of 17 years between them, banker and brother of the former President of France Olivier Sarkozy and actress and businesswoman Mary-Kate Olson have been described as a “fully committed couple”.Along...

Nina Campbell

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”. A twice divorced mother of...

Crispin Baynes

Described by Gotham Magazine as “the go-to-man for super yachts” and listed by them as one of their ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ in 2014, Crispin Baynes is a British expat who works as part of...

Bill Martin MBE (born William Wylie MacPherson)

This acclaimed Glaswegian songwriter and impresario is best known for having written Congratulations and Puppet On A String. A resident of Belgravia, Bill Martin has worked with everyone from Billy Connolly to Van Morrison,...

Henry Blofeld OBE (AKA “Blowers”, “Tycoon” and “Typhoon”)

The legendary cricket commentator and author Henry Blofeld describes his world as “bubbly and boisterous”. Norfolk born and an Old Etonian, thrice married Blofeld’s family provided Ian Fleming with the inspiration for the name...

Emma Sayle

Describing herself on Twitter as “London’s proper little madam”, there’s a lot more to Emma Sayle than meets the eye. This author, founder of Killing Kittens and leader of The Sisterhood movement – which...

Nancy Cunard (1896 – 1965)

Described as “the queen of the jazz age” and “a fashionable poor little rich girl and muse”, this heiress to the Cunard shipping fortue took being bohemian to new heights. Variously a muse, patron...

Elliot Bssila

London based crimper to the stars Elliot Bssila has styled the hair of people as diverse as Nancy Dell’Olio and Lulu and once commented: “I don’t just cut hair. I create a style”. The...

Joudie Kalla

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. This dynamic and passionate foodie and...

Ross O’Connell Jennings

Edinburgh graduate Ross O’Connell Jennings aims to become the first man to play the bagpipes in all 196 independent countries in the world. Half Scottish and based in London, this educational and motivational speaking...

Alexa Jago

A delightful and talented actress and film financier, Alexa Jago is based in London and Los Angeles. Jago was the executive producer of the brilliant 2014 film Kajaki and appeared in Waterworld with Kevin...

Claire Zambuni

Accompanied everywhere by her much loved “urban gun dog” Lola, public relations guru Claire Zambuni won The Field magazine’s Shooting Personality of the Year in 2012. An Arsenal fan and lover of “Camden, guns...

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”. She has two sons with the businessman Johan...

Charlie Anson

When Charlie Anson appeared on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in February 2015 to raise funds for his cartoon business, Charlie’s Cartoons, he was unsuccessful but praised by Deborah Meaden for his “passionate pitch”. Born...

Count Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

The star of a Nespresso commercial with George Clooney, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac is a fashion designer, actor, artist and Armagnac producer. Educated in Britain and America and the son of a French father and...

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman. He briefly worked at Simpson...

Sandra Howard, Lady Howard (née Sandra Paul)

Four times married and the wife of the former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard since 1975, Sandra Howard is a mother of three who began her career modelling for David Bailey and Norman Parkinson....

Anne Naysmith (1937 – 2015, AKA “The Rag Lady of Chiswick”)

A former concert pianist who once played at the Wigmore Hall, Anne Naysmith began sleeping in her blue Ford Consul at the age of 39 after being evicted from her Chiswick flat and having...