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No. 54 - 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...

No. 55 - 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...

No. 56 - 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....

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...

No. 58 - £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...

No. 59 - 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...

No. 60 - 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...

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...

No. 62 - 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...

No. 63 - 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...

No. 64 - 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...

No. 65 - 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...

No. 66 - 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...

No. 67 - 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...

No. 68 - 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...

No. 69 - 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...

No. 71 - 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...

No. 70 - 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...

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