A round up of stories of the newsworthy of Kensington and Chelsea features restaurant openings and closings and the latest move of Mr and Mrs James Stunt
Your hour’s up
The Guinness tap has been turned off for the last time at one of South Kensington’s last remaining neighbourhood boozers, The Hour Glass on Brompton Road. Now featuring signs declaring “closed for refurbishment”, a source told The Steeple Times that landlords the South Kensington Estate have struck a deal with a restaurateur.
A French comeback
Chabrot on Knightsbridge Green was a favourite of many of our readers. Their patronage plainly wasn’t enough as the restaurant has now closed. Its replacement is a new outpost for Les Gourmets des Ternes, a Parisian restaurant that opened in 1962. Said to be popular with Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson, this second London venue for Les Gourmets des Ternes is run by the grandson of the company’s founder, Maximilien Marie.
Venice in Chelsea
Readers might remember Russell Norman as the original manager of Zuma in Knightsbridge. His stratospheric rise in the time since took Norman first to Caprice Holdings and then via a stint as BBC Two’s The Restaurant Man into restaurant ownership himself. His venues include Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino and this month he’s opening in Chelsea’s Duke of York Square. Of the new restaurant, Norman told The Caterer: “Polpo Chelsea will feel closer to Venice than any restaurant we have opened yet. There are so many tables and chairs outside that it will feel very reminiscent of the huge squares of La Serenissima”.
Stunting Old Church Street
Our subscribers are anything but fans of the ludicrous convoy of Rolls-Royce, Bentleys and Range Rovers belonging to Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter Petra and her husband James Stunt. Sadly for members of the Chelsea Arts Club, they’re now plaguing Old Church Street with their menacing vehicles. Mr and Mrs Stunt recently took up residence at Sloane House at 149 to 151 Old Church Street – bought from Lord and Lady Bamford in 2012 for £66 million and extensively and expensively “improved” in the time since. Of their arrival, a well-heeled neighbour remarked: “They really do lower the tone. They really do”.
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