It has been reported that a former contestant of the Channel 4 programme Big Brother, Ms Charley Uchea, was the victim of a attempted car jacking in Berkeley Square on Tuesday night.
The minor celebrity had just left the Funky Buddha nightclub when she stopped to get cash. It was at this point that a gang of four men, apparently armed, tried to take her car – a silver Mercedes SLK200.
Somehow Ms Uchea and a friend managed to repel the gang and the police were called to attend the scene.
It has been reported that Kilgour of Savile Row has been sold to a Dubai based outfit called JMH, which is putting together a portfolio of companies providing luxury goods and services. Other recent acquisitions by JMH have included Ray Ward Gunsmiths and Uplands Stables.
Kilgour was originally A.H Kilgour, and was merged with T&F; French bespoke tailors in 1882. It occupies No 8 Savile Row and has a showroom at No 5 Savile Row.
A flat in Green Street that was once lived in by the Beatles is coming up for sale through Southeby’s International Realty. It is of particular note to Beatles fan as it is reportedly the only property in which all four of the group members lived. They stayed there for a few months in the autumn of 1963, and posed for a photo there which was used on the cover of the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book.
“The owner is aware of its history, but hasn’t turned it into a Beatles shrine or anything like that,” said estate agent Peter Bevan.
Now converted into a two bedroom flat, the asking price is Ã‚Â£1,750,00.
A Royal Academy advert (shown above) featuring Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 16th century painting depicting the Roman goddess, Venus, has been ruled unsuitable for display on the London Underground by Transport For London.
The painting from 1532, regarded by many as a masterpiece, shows Venus – the goddess of Love – in a state of nudity. This prompted TFL to veto its use on the tube network, citing their guidelines which don’t allow adverts to “depict men, women or children in a sexual manner, or display nude or semi-nude figures in an overtly sexual context”.
The RA hit back with Head of Press and Marketing, Jennifer Francis telling Reuters, “We are disappointed and find it quite ridiculous in this day and age”.
The advert was intended to promote a new exhibition Cranach’s work, running at the RA from March 8th until June 8th. Find out out more by visiting the Royal Academy of Arts’ website.
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I was reading the Times Online a couple of days ago, and noticed a story by David Robertson about Rio Tinto – the world’s second largest mining company – having to sell its core assets, including its head office at “6 St James’s Square in Mayfair”.
Ok, as much as I hate to be a pedant, I think it does need to be pointed out that St James’s Square is not in Mayfair. It’s south of Mayfair, in a district called… wait for it… St James’s. Piccadilly runs through the two districts, and acts as Mayfair’s southern boundary, and the northern boundary of St James’s.
A new exhibition space has opened today at 24 Bruton Street, with an inaugural showing from sculptor Lorenzo Quinn (son of legendary actor, Anthony Quinn) entitled “Evolution”.
The new gallery is the third from Halcyon Gallery, complementing their two other galleries in Mayfair – 29 Bruton Street and 29 New Bond Street.
Find out more by visiting the Halcyon Gallery website.
Alfred Dunhill, purveyor of luxury goods to men, has purchasesd Bourdon House at 2 Davies Street, with the intention of turning it into a new “Home” concept store. Dunhill has already established one Home store in Japan, combining elegant retail space with a members club, offering services such as a bar, a valet service and a barber.
Bourdon House is an impressive building in Davies Street and was once home to the second Duke of Westminster and for the last fifty years has been the site of Mallet’s Antiques’ showroom. It is thought the sale of a long lease on the property was worth between Ã‚Â£14 million and Ã‚Â£15 million.
Alfred Dunhill expects to open the new Home store, expected to also include a cinema, cigar shop and spa, in Spring 2008, and they have similar project planned for Shanghai in Summer 2008.
Businesses and residents in Mayfair were affected by a localised power outage yesterday afternoon.
A knock on effect of this was that power to 3 of BT’s ADSL “muxes” in Mayfair was lost, meaning that broadband was unavailable for several hours, leaving many firms unable to work.
According to BT’s log, the ADSL error was detected at 16:11 and serviced was restored at 18:09.
A London Underground train broke down yesterday between Baker St and Bond St stations. After a two hour wait for passengers, many of whom were standing and suffering from dehydration, they were led out of the train and along the tunnel by foot. They had to walk 300 yards across gravel and sleepers before they emerged from Bond Street station.
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