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Foreign Drivers Rack up Over £1m in Parking Fines

Foreign drivers owe Westminster City Council more than a million pounds in parking fines – with France, Qatar, the UAE and Romania among the worst and repeat offenders. The council released its annual “top ten” figures which reveal the most prolific parking offenders from across the globe in 2016/17. French motorists are by far the most common parking offenders, being fined a total of £356,000 and drivers from across the Channel have already racked up £111,570 proving last year was no fluke. Qatar (£191,105) and the United Arab Emirates (£116,030) are in second and third place respectively. No surprise here as this is supercar boy racer territory. Romania has climbed up Westminster’s most-ticketed board to claim fourth place with nationals owing the council £114,235. Meanwhile, its neighbours in Bulgaria claimed seventh place in the table, after accruing £77,585 in unpaid fines. Germany made it to fifth place, with a total of £103,375 in fines while Belgium follows in sixth place (£84,160). Saudi Arabia has made the top ten for the first time pulling up in eighth place, with fines totalling £64,065. …

PM Sees Funny Side of Car-Crash Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s tweet simply titled *coughs*, after her headline speech at the Tory autumn conference resembled a pharmacy counter with a half-eaten pack of Strepsils strawberry lozenges, a bottle of Olbas oil, Covonia cough syrup, a box of Ultra Chloraseptic Anaesthetic throat spray and a glass of water. Alongside her prime ministerial red box was the copy of her speech from hell through which she coughed and spluttered. Throw in a prankster who handed her a P45 form, the party’s confab slogan peeling off the wall and there was enough material for hours of comedy sketches. *coughs* pic.twitter.com/1b6CoW5Mrz — Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017 May had wanted to use the Conservative Party’s annual conference to bring her divided party together and pitch herself as the only person able to deliver Brexit and keep opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of power. She started by apologising for calling a snap June election which stripped her party of its majority in parliament, then pitched a revitalised ‘British Dream’ for which she proposed fixing broken …

Princess Victoria to Reopen: Branson Pub Gets Lifeline

A pub once owned by billionaire tycoon Richard Branson is to reopen after it closed abruptly in June. The Princess Victoria on Uxbridge Road near Shepherd’s Bush in west London was suddenly shut after owners Affinity Bars and Restaurants pulled the plug on the popular gastropub earlier this summer. But the establishment which dates back to the early nineteenth century and was once renowned as a gin palace is set to get a news lease of life after the Three Cheers Pub Co. chain came to the rescue. The new owners have promised extensive renovations and a reopening date in November. Embed from Getty Images A statement on Three Cheers website confirmed the reopening date: “We plan to re-open in November 2017 after a full makeover. The Princess Victoria will boast a new front terrace in addition to an elegant bar and dining room, stunning private room and courtyard garden. As befits this historic public house, an impressive list of over forty beers and one hundred gins will complement a carefully chosen wine list and seasonal British …

Chelsea Tractor is Really King of the Road in … Chelsea

Chelsea Tractors really are the best car marque money can buy in the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea according to research from classified ad website CarGurus.  They indeed rule the roads from the King’s Road to Kensington High Street. Coveted for their rugged beauty, durability, sturdiness and for navigating those muddy pot-holes across Cadogan Street and pulling through the ponds on Pont Street. How can anyone go wrong? Even Tamara Ecclestone, that model of modesty, has a customised white model with TAMARA written in the same type as the marque. Ah, and Victoria Beckham helped design a model some years ago. CarGurus spokeswoman Sarah Welch said: “This data shows that the Chelsea tractor isn’t just a stereotype, but actually is the vehicle of choice for those lucky enough to live in the prestigious Royal Borough. “While the BMW 3 Series looks like a firm favourite amongst other wealthy districts, it’s also interesting to see wider UK shopping patterns emerge, such as residents in Coventry staying loyal to their local Jaguar manufacturer.” Some old money …

Becks Appeal: Goldenballs at 40

David Beckham has indeed settled effortlessly into life in west London as the instagram post below shows on a recent visit to his local cafe in Kensington. The man who gave us the sarong and blonde cornrows has a lot to celebrate as he hits his 40-year milestone. Friend and sportswriter Matthew Syed paid a glowing tribute to one of Britain’s sporting and cultural icons in The Times. In fact he can count him as a friend, having penned his biography. He paints an endearing picture of a likeable personality and caring father. His red line?  Not even a commercial opportunity will stand between brand Beckham and the school run. “I can’t complain because there are so many aspects of being famous that are a privilege.” David Beckham decided to join us for breakfast this morning ☕️⚽️ #pastthepond #davidbeckham A post shared by Ashley ❣️ (@ashleeyy__nicole) on Apr 25, 2015 at 7:57am PDT Local delicacy: David Beckham blends in at the Montparnasse cafe in Kensington He regards the constant adulation as a small price to …