Major Beard Exhibition

| 7 months ago

The Florence Nightingale Museum in London is to stage a major new exhibition about beards. THE AGE OF THE BEARD: Putting on a Brave Face in Victorian Britain is the first major exhibition about the history of hirsute Victorian Britain. Highlights will include “Bluebeard” – an adult pantomime, on 13th, 14th and 15th December; from […]

Hillman Aero Minx

| 8 months ago

I couldn’t find any mention of one of the greatest but least known of British streamlined cars so here are a few examples of the Hillman Aero Minx. Hillman unveiled this very pretty car at the London Motor Show of 1932 and was a complete departure for the company, best known for producing reliable but […]

Hats off to the Chap Olympiad

| 9 months ago

Long-term millinery associates of The Chap, Laird London Hatters, have a brand-new range of summer hats perfect for swanning about in central London parks on July 16th, during the 12th Chap Olympiad. Their topping titfers are also suitable for other summer occasions, as well as winter ones. Laird London supplied victorious headwear for previous winners […]

Chap Olympiad Pocket Square

| 9 months ago

The Chap has produced a new pocket square to commemorate the 12th Chap Olympiad, taking place this year on Saturday 16th July in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, London. This handsome article of essential breast pocket decoration has been printed on silk twill, hand stitched and emblazoned with the Chap logo and a flag that used […]

Steampunk -Splendid Day Out -happening in Morcambe in the UK!

| 10 months ago

I am going to this at the end of this month – May, 2016 – and am looking forward to it.  It will be the first ever Steampunk festival I have ever gone to.  I will be taking pictures and blogging about the event. I leave Sydney, Australia on Tuesday this coming week and then […]

The 2016 Chap Olympiad

| 24th March 2016

Tickets are now available for the 12th Chap Olympiad: Saturday 16th July, 2016. The venue, as ever, will be the splendidly verdant Bedford Square Gardens in London’s slightly fashionable Bloomsbury. The competitive events, as always, will rely more on dashing panache, wit and skullduggery than athletic prowess. The contestants will be dressed in a manner […]

The 2016 Chap Olympiad

| 22nd January 2016

The date has been set for the 12th Chap Olympiad: Saturday 16th July, 2016. The venue, as ever, will be the splendidly verdant Bedford Square Gardens in London’s fashionable Bloomsbury. The competitive events, as ever, will rely more on dashing panache, wit and skullduggery than athletic prowess. The contestants, as always, will be dressed in […]

John Steed Ball

| 8th January 2016

In association with lounge-scene legend Count Indigo, The Chap is launching a sensational competition to win not one, but TWO tickets to the inaugural John Steed Ball, taking place in London on 30th January. Please read all the information below, answer the question and you’ll be in with a chance to be guests of honour […]

Best of Spanish Steampunk

| 11th June 2015

Months ago, I was sent a copy of Best of Spanish Steampunk, an anthology edited by Marian Womack. There’s really nothing more awesome than waking up to find twelve hundred pages of steampunk sitting in your inbox. It took me a long time to read, but that’s sort of the beauty of a broad-ranging anthology […]

Man Beaten Unconscious over Top Hat

| 24th March 2015

The Chap is launching an appeal to replace the top hat of a man who was viciously attacked by youths on a train. Jacky Pautonnier, 54, who is from Normandy in France, was returning home on a train in London, when a youth aggressively asked to try on his top hat. Mr. Pautonnier had bought […]