Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CHARACTERS

Captain Pugwash (AKA ‘Captain’ Michael M. Maricic)

This old chap wanders the Fulham Road in a seafaring cap and claims to be a “restaurant consultant and promoter of new faces (models and actresses)”. He’s also “writing a biography that will be...

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

Grace by name and graceful by nature, New Zealander Peter Grace was one of the greatest men in polo and the owner of the Ascot Park Polo Club. His four daughters were inevitably known...

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

This witty Northern comedian began his career as deputy headmaster at Caton Primary School in Lancashire. Best known as the host of Bullseye between 1981 and 1985, Bowen’s back in the limelight as many...

Derek Bell MBE

A five times winner at Le Mans, this British racing icon also won the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Described as “one of the most liked drivers of his...

Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 – 2013)

A professional beggar who was well known in Soho and Pimlico. She lived in a £7 a night hostel but preferred to be found in The French House. She liked Gap jeans and was...

£50 grifter

He looks like a harmless old buffer but he truly isn’t. On approach, there’s always a tale of woe and then a demand for £50. His wife has died in Gloucester and he hasn’t...

Parrot Man

Parrot Man is often to be spotted in London’s Fulham Road with his glorious birds. Little is known of this chap, but unlike the majority of the cast of Made in Chelsea, here is...

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

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...

John Gaze (1947 – 2011)

A gent who operated by routine, whisky and 40 cigarettes a day. This clubman’s knowledge of London history was phenomenal and he was dedicated to his role as parish clerk at St. Michael’s Cornhill....

Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

This father of six and his gang were amongst the most notorious and sadistic criminals in South London in the 1960s. Using scrap metal and slot machine businesses as fronts, they ran fraud, protection...

Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012)

He is said to have come up with the Bond family motto: “The World is Not Enough” and in real life was laird of the Hebridean island of Great Bernera. Mirrlees collaborated with Ian...

Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

A German who used many aliases but whose biggest pretence was to give the impression he was a member of the Rockefeller family. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit gives the best account of...

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

The “Steel Magnolia” is described as having “charm and resoluteness.” The cousin of Nigella Lawson and George Monbiot is one of the country’s finest solicitors but also trained as a cordon bleu chef. Heather...

Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

“The Voice of Racing” was undoubtedly the most charming gent in England and was the first sports broadcaster to have been knighted. Sir Peter O'Sullevan possessed a pair of commentary binoculars from a German...

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

Churchill’s most highly decorated special agent. A resistance heroine who lived at The Stafford Hotel from 2001 to 2003 and regaled visitors with tales of her time as the legendary “White Mouse.” Her tipple...

Claus Von Bülow

Tried twice for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny, who remained in a vegetative state for some 28 years, this socialite and writer has the most mischievous of wits. Subject of the Golden...

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

An Englishman who also happens to be a bullfighter, actor and writer. This Old Etonian has been termed “the bullfighter-philosopher” by The Times and described as “Very Charge of the Light Brigade” by Giles...

Umberto Scomparin

You won’t meet a maître d' like him. Scomparin does a mean Liverpudlian impression and following a stint at the now defunct Ilia, he's moving on to pastures new. An evening in his company...

Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

“Lucky,” as he was known to his friends, was a man whose luck ran out on the 8th November 1974. A prolific gambler, Lord Lucan disappeared following the killing of his children’s nanny and...