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Grrrrrr… Mild Xmas Ruins Serpentine Dip

Serpentine Swimming Club members are hardy souls used to sub-zero skinny dips in the Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. They train all year for a festive swim in the annual Peter Pan cup donated by author JM Barrie and the club says “if the lake is frozen we break the ice and still swim”. But one of the mildest Christmas Days since records began melted their resolve with all expectations of a frozen pool and a brrrrrrrrrilliant contest. The water temperature was an unseasonal 4C in a race which Volker Koch won with 63 trailing in his wake. The Christmas Day fixture held since 1864 can only be entered by paid-up club members who compete every Saturday morning throughout the year, regardless of the weather.

Legal tussle: Kensington's Candy-stripe house has generated a lot of media interest and has now ended in court

Kensington Candy Stripes Home Repaint Ruling Set for 2016

A woman who painted her Kensington townhouse in candy stripes has to wait till next year to know if she will have to restore it back to its original colour after the council ordered her to do so. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, had been accused by neighbours in the affluent enclave in South End of trying to “get her own back” after failing to win planning permission for a mega basement construction. Her previous appeal for the redevelopment had been thrown out after the council brought in stringent rules for basement makeovers in the borough. Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard the red stripes had been painted on to the house on March 2 this year in “about five-and-a-half hours”. Giving evidence Ms Lisle-Mainwaring claimed the planning order forcing her to repaint the house was “a response by the council to a press campaign”. Andrew Parkinson, representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, disagreed saying: ‘There is nothing at all to suggest that the press campaign played any part in the council’s actions.” He added: ‘The council would have …

£8m Kensington Road Has Most Expensive Homes in UK

For the second time in as many years Victoria Road in the heart of Kensington is England’s most expensive residential street. Filled with beautiful period properties, it has an average house price of £8,006,000 according to latest research from Lloyds Bank. Just a short stroll from Kensington Palace it is right bang in the area speculators and estate agents like to describe as ‘super-prime’ central London. it is £7.2m dearer than the average price of a house in Cardiff on sale for £793,000. Kensington and Chelsea dominate You will have to have very deep pockets to afford a property here as the pull of living in Kensington and Chelsea ensures 12 streets in the Royal Borough are in the list of the 20 most expensive in the country. These include Egerton Crescent with an average price of £7,550,000, followed by Manresa Road (£7,359,000), De Vere Gardens (£6,606,000), Drayton Gardens (£5,954,000) and Chelsea Manor Road (£5,523,000). Other Central London locations featuring prominently in the list of most expensive streets are in Westminster, including Eaton Square (£6,727,000), Chester …

Stripes: The house in South End Kensington has to be repainted white

Candy-Stripe House: Lawyers Move in

A woman who painted red and white lines over her Kensington townhouse valued at £15m has taken legal action against a planning decision that forbade her demolishing the property and adding a double basement. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, was also ordered to restore the house to its former state by 3 July. She has however taken the matter to court seeking the overturning of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision which restricts new basement developments to one storey. A council spokesman gave the reason behind its verdict: “A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Read more: Candy-Stripe House Owner Ordered to Repaint “The property is situated within the Kensington Square conservation area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council’s planning enforcement team. In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property’s window frames are in a poor …

JK Rowling

JK Rowling Battles Twitter Bullies

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed a torrent of Twitter abuse aimed at her after results of the general election saw the Scottish National Party sweep to a landslide victory in Scotland. She wrote: “It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.” The millionairess was born in London and has a £4.5m Georgian home in Kensington but has attracted a lot of vitriol since she donated £1m to the ‘No’ campaign during the Scottish independence referendum. Reacting to the abuse the author said her “personal line had been crossed”. @UFOria_ the image of any political party. It isn't always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 9, 2015 She had also donated £1m to the Labour Party who suffered a wipe-out in Scotland as the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon. She revealed she had been called a ‘traitor’ for her political views and …

Becks Appeal: Goldenballs at 40

David Beckham decided to join us for breakfast this morning ☕️⚽️ #pastthepond #davidbeckham A post shared by Ashley Lomelin (@ashleeyy__nicole) on Apr 25, 2015 at 7:57am PDT Local delicacy: David Beckham blends in at the Montparnasse cafe in Kensington David Beckham has indeed settled effortlessly into life in west London as the instagram snap shared above shows on a recent visit to his local cafe in Kensington. The man who gave us the sarong and cornrow has a lot to celebrate as he hits forty. 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.” He regards the constant adulation as a small price to pay for …