EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Chelsea shock as new club regimen removes its fancy gym

The luxurious west London gym, which adjoins the Stamford Bridge football ground, is popular with Chelsea players and staff, and boasts members such as Hugh Grant and Lord Coe.

But the Chelsea Health Club and Spa, formerly owned by former Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich, 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 UK government imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs following the invasion of Ukraine, and Chelsea was hit hard. The club was unable to sell tickets or merchandise, and the shades remained closed in the gym.

However, after the Blues were sold to a consortium led by 48-year-old American billionaire Todd Boehly in a deal worth £4.25bn in May, things were thought to be looking up.

So no one expected to get an email this week that said, ‘I am writing to inform you that the Chelsea Health Club and Spa will not be reopening.

‘With this in mind, all existing memberships are terminated with immediate effect. Throughout August, we will process refunds due for those with membership dues paid past our close.’

The Chelsea Health Club and Spa (pictured), formerly 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 ex-players Frank Lampard and John Terry.  Abramovich apparently had his own private locker room and sauna inside the building.  (Pictured: Chelsea Football Club)

It was the favorite post-match warm-up spot for Chelsea stars and was regularly frequented by ex-players Frank Lampard and John Terry. Abramovich apparently had his own private locker room and sauna inside the building. (Pictured: Chelsea Football Club)

A disgruntled former employee tells me: ‘We are all in shock. No one comes out of this well. Both members and staff have been kept in the dark for months.

“We had high hopes for the new owner, but it looks like he’s willing to wipe the slate clean from the Abramovich years.”

As one of the most exclusive spas in London, annual membership was in excess of £2,500, plus a registration fee of at least £500.

It was the favorite post-match warm-up spot for Chelsea stars and was regularly frequented by ex-players Frank Lampard and John Terry. Abramovich apparently had his own private locker room and sauna inside the building.

It was also the scene of the earpiece door, when former manager José Mourinho was left off the touchline for Chelsea’s quarter-final with Bayern Munich in 2005.

It was rumored that he had been watching the game on television in the gym while communicating with his assistant on the sideline, who reportedly had a headset under his cap.

If revenge is a dish served cold, it seems that the Thai firm Minor International has had to devour an entire portion.

Months after wresting control of Corbin & King from restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, the duo behind The Wolseley in London, is forced to close Cafe Wolseley in Bicester Village.

Describing the closure as “very unfortunate”, the new owners say it is being done “at the insistence of the owner of Bicester Village”, who declines to comment.

But is it too much to assume that their board members are loyal to Corbin & King, like celebrity fans Kate Moss and Nigella Lawson?

A set of sequins for warrior Christie

Known to the world as Game Of Thrones warrior Brienne of Tarth (below), it seems Gwendoline Christie still has a thing for armor.

The statuesque star, 43, showed off her quirky sense of style in a layered silver sequin gown designed by Rick Owens, at the London premiere of Netflix series The Sandman.

In the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comics, Christie plays Lucifer, who is usually portrayed as male.

Gwendoline Christie, 43, showed off her quirky sense of style in a layered silver sequin gown designed by Rick Owens, at the London premiere of Netflix series The Sandman.

Gwendoline Christie, 43, showed off her quirky sense of style in a layered silver sequin gown 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

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in the hit series Game Of Thrones

She tells me: ‘It was extraordinary. Neil has 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 being rejected was really exciting.

As a female actress, playing a character with that choking bitterness of resentment after a myriad of disappointments felt like something I could connect with.”

It’s true that rock stars will do anything for attention, but Brian May wasn’t crying when he had a heart attack in 2020.

The Queen guitarist’s wife, Anita Dobson, recalls: “He said, ‘Honey, I think I’m having a heart attack.'”

‘I said, ‘No, you’ve been exercising and you’ve overdone it.’ He replied: ‘No, this is different.’ At the hospital, the star, now 75, was found to be “very close to death”.

So how did the 73-year-old former EastEnders actress Dobson go about nursing him back to health? I was the most miserable nurse you ever saw! I take it you haven’t seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

Elle’s son has a need for speed like his father

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Flynn Busson, the 24-year-old son of billionaire Arpad Busson and supermodel Elle Macpherson.

He shared a photo of himself driving the same speedboat that his French financier father, Arpad, 59, drove him in when he was a little boy, and he looks just like his father.

Flynn Busson and his father in his youth

Flynn Busson, 24, driving a boat

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Flynn Busson (pictured left and right as a toddler with his father), the 24-year-old son of billionaire Arpad Busson and supermodel Elle Macpherson.

Now that he’s 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 the Holkham Estate in Norfolk, has given Her Majesty a “more discreet way of entering the reserve” when she wants to walk the dogs.

“When the Queen arrives at Holkham Beach, she walks down a secret path that is inaccessible to public vehicles,” says Jake Fiennes, Holkham Hall’s director of conservation.

He adds that whenever the monarch needs a break, she “sits a mile and a half down from the main beach so as not to be seen by the public.”

Sienna’s Chic Cottage Renovation 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 just renovated her Buckinghamshire cottage, and despite interior designer Kelly Hoppen being her former step-mother, Sienna chose her film director friend Gaby Dellal, 61, to help her do it. .

Sienna Miller (pictured) has just renovated her country house in Buckinghamshire

Sienna Miller (pictured) has just renovated her country house in Buckinghamshire

In a video, he says: ‘Gaby has the best taste of anyone I’ve ever met. In lockdown, when he was panicking about what to do because his movie was pushed, I said, ‘You can fix my cabin,’ and he 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, the stylist Savannah, that she still calls them her stepchildren.

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