The opulent west London gym, which adjoins Stamford Bridge football ground, is popular with Chelsea players and staff, and counts Hugh Grant and Lord Coe among its members.
But the Chelsea Health Club and Spa, previously owned by former Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich, has suddenly closed, leaving members and staff in “a state of shock”.
The venue had been temporarily closed, initially due to Covid restrictions. But then the British government imposed sanctions on the Russian oligarchs after they invaded Ukraine, and Chelsea were hit hard. The club was unable to sell tickets or merchandise, and the shutters remained closed at the gymnasium.
However, after the Blues were sold to a consortium led by 48-year-old US billionaire Todd Boehly in a deal worth £4.25billion in May, it was thought things would start to pick up. ‘to improve.
So no one expected to receive an email this week that said, ‘I am writing to let you know that Chelsea Health Club and Spa will not be reopening.
“With this in mind, all existing memberships are concluded with immediate effect. Throughout August, we will be processing refunds due for those whose membership fees have been paid beyond our closing time.
The Chelsea Health Club and Spa (pictured), previously owned by former Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich, has suddenly closed, leaving members and staff in ‘a state of shock’
It was the favorite post-match warm-up spot for Chelsea stars and was regularly frequented by former players Frank Lampard and John Terry. Abramovich apparently had his own private locker room and sauna in the building. (Photo: Chelsea Football Club)
A disgruntled former employee tells me, “We are all in shock. No one comes out of this well. Members and staff have been kept in the dark for months.
“We had high hopes for the new owner, but it looks like he wants to wipe the slate clean of the Abramovich years.”
As one of London’s most exclusive spas, annual membership was over £2,500 plus a membership fee of at least £500.
It was the favorite post-match warm-up spot for Chelsea stars and was regularly frequented by former players Frank Lampard and John Terry. Abramovich apparently had his own private locker room and sauna in the building.
It was also the setting for the earphone door, when former manager Jose Mourinho suspended a sideline ban for Chelsea’s quarter-final with Bayern Munich in 2005.
Rumor has it that he watched the game on TV in the gymnasium while communicating with his sideline assistant, who reportedly had an earpiece under his hat.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, it seems that the Thai firm Minor International must have swallowed a good portion of it.
Months after wresting control of Corbin & King from restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin – the duo behind The Wolseley in London – he is forced to close Cafe Wolseley in Bicester Village.
Describing the closure as “very regrettable”, the new owners say it is being done “at the insistence of the owner of Bicester Village”, who declines to comment.
But is it a stretch to assume its board members are Corbin & King stalwarts, like celebrity fans Kate Moss and Nigella Lawson?
A glitter game for warrior Christie
Known to the world as Game Of Thrones warrior Brienne of Tarth (below), it seems Gwendoline Christie still has a fondness for armor.
The statuesque star, 43, showed off her quirky sense of style with a layered silver sequin dress designed by Rick Owens, at the London premiere of Netflix series The Sandman.
In the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic books, Christie plays the role of Lucifer, who is usually depicted as a man.
Gwendoline Christie, 43, showed off her quirky sense of style with a layered silver sequin dress designed by Rick Owens, at the London premiere of Netflix series The Sandman.
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in the hit series Game Of Thrones
She said to me: “It was extraordinary. Neil always talked about Lucifer being inspired by a young David Bowie and this idea of a junkie angel.
Gwendoline, who is dating designer Giles Deacon, adds: “The idea of being God’s favorite and cast out was really exciting.
As a female performer, playing a character with this stifled bitterness of resentment after myriad disappointments felt like something I could relate to.
It’s true that rock stars will do anything for attention, but Brian May wasn’t crying wolf when he suffered a heart attack in 2020.
The Queen guitarist’s wife, Anita Dobson, recalled: “He said, ‘Baby, I think I’m having a heart attack.
“I said, ‘No, you’ve been exercising and you’ve overdone it. He replied, ‘No, it’s different.’ In hospital, the star, now 75, was found to be “very close to death”.
So how did former EastEnders actress Dobson, 73, manage to cure him? “I was the most miserable nurse you’ve ever seen!” I guess she didn’t watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?
Elle’s Boy Needs Speed Like His Dad
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Flynn Busson, the 24-year-old son of billionaire Arpad Busson and model Elle Macpherson.
He shared a photo of himself piloting the same speedboat his French financier father Arpad, 59, rode him in as a toddler – and he looks just like his dad.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Flynn Busson (pictured right and left as a toddler with his father), the 24-year-old son of billionaire Arpad Busson and model Elle Macpherson
Now a licensed pilot, Flynn divides his time between London, New York and Miami.
His mother, Elle, dated Busson from 1996 to 2005. They also have a second son, Cy, 19.
The Queen has her own private entrance to one of her favorite beaches. Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester, owner of Holkham Estate in Norfolk, has given Her Majesty a ‘more discreet way to enter the reserve’ when she wants to walk the dogs.
“When the Queen arrives at Holkham Beach, she takes a secret path that public vehicles cannot access,” says Jake Fiennes, director of conservation at Holkham Hall.
He adds that whenever the monarch needs a rest, she “sits a mile and a half from the main beach so that she cannot be seen by the public”.
Sienna’s Chic Cottage Revamp Isn’t a Family Affair
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Sienna Miller’s next big family reunion…
The 40-year-old actress has just renovated her Buckinghamshire cottage and, although interior designer Kelly Hoppen is her former mother-in-law, Sienna has chosen her director pal Gaby Dellal, 61, to help her with it .
Sienna Miller (pictured) has just renovated her Buckinghamshire cottage
In a video, she says, “Gaby has the best taste I’ve ever met. In lockdown, when she freaked out about what to do because her movie got pushed, I said, ‘You can outfit my cabin,’ and she did.”
Sienna even calls Gaby her “other mother”.
Kelly, 63, was married to Edwin Miller from 1989 to 2003.
She is so close to Sienna and her sister, stylist Savannah, that she always calls them her stepchildren.