Country Life 06-Jan-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
Periodicitat:
Weekly
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london life

THE MAYFAIR TOWNHOUSE, HALF MOON STREET, W1 Will 2021 be London’s renaissance? Last year dealt a hard blow to the hospitality industry-across the capital and the country-but glimmers of hope have already started to appear. In December 2020, three brand-new hotels flung open their doors for the very first time, in Marylebone-Henry's Townhouse, W1, Jane Austen's brother Henry's former home, and Nobu Hotel Portman Square, W1-and in Mayfair. There, Mayfair Townhouse (pictured), W1, is actually 15 townhouses that have been knocked through to create a younger, more seductive counterpart to the neighbouring and stately Ritz. Later this year, the trio will be joined by The Peninsula on Hyde Park Corner, W1, Beaverbrook Townhouse on Sloane Street, SW3, and The Londoner, a 350-bedroom boutique-style hotel in Leicester Square, WC2. Where hotels go, restaurants…

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seasonal suggestions

Winter might not seem like the obvious time to indulge in birdwatching, but it’s when birds are typically less territorial and likely to flock together and feed. Best for multi-taskers Look out for the mohican-crested waxwing in your supermarket car park. Stores saw an uptick when staff began planting berry-bearing trees to try to cheer up the concrete façades Best for Royal Park walkers In St James’s, you’ll likely come across one or more of the impressive resident pelicans. Other birds include two species of migratory Icelandic (and noisy) swan, the whooper and Bewick Best for family days out Laycock Street Park supports a house-sparrow colony; Rainham Marshes welcome marsh harriers, lapwings, avocets and ringed plovers; London Wetland Centre, Barnes, has whistling ducks, Hawaiian geese and otters Best for little and large Spot a bird of prey or…

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here’s looking at london's department stores

• Harrods has something of an eclectic reputation: cocaine was available to purchase until 1916; a cobra was once used to guard a £62,000 pair of gem-encrusted sandals; playwright Noël Coward bought an alligator from the pet section • Liberty's Tudor-revival store front was constructed using recycled timber from HMS Hindustan and HMS Impregnable. On his 1882 tour of the US, playwright Oscar Wilde took an entire wardrobe from Liberty along with him • Selfridges's flagship store (above) is the largest shop on Oxford Street and is Grade II* listed. Founder Harry Gordon Selfridge was a champion of the suffragette movement: he flew the flag above the shop and advertised in its magazines…

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the great and the good

Shop of the month Alex Eagle Studio 6–10, LEXINGTON STREET, W1 A LEX EAGLE’S namesake location looks as if it arrived in London’s Soho via Lower Manhattan, New York. But this isn’t a private residence. Instead, the industrial, light filled space is home to a well-curated selection of fashion, furniture, art and collectable books. It offers a masterclass in shop fronts—it’s hard to pass by without popping in, thanks to the double-width, postbox-red doors (previously Tiffany blue) and almost floor-to-ceiling factory windows. Last month marked the launch of the Alex Eagle Sporting Club, with lessons in everything from fencing and pilates to rowing and gardening on site. An eponymous line of fine jewellery—including chunky, individually sourced gemstone rings—is also available now. Currently operating online only due to Government restrictions (020–7589 0588; www.alexeagle.co.uk) A green space THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW,…

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mei mei, borough market, se1

Borough Market Kitchen on Jubilee Place brings some of the most joyful places to eat together under one roof-literally. The 20-odd stands couldn't be better designed for right now: they're well ventilated and technically outdoors, but protected from the elements by the historic vaulted glass ceiling. Mei Mei, the place everyone's talking about, is the solo debut of Elizabeth Haigh, who won a Michelin star at East London favourite Pidgin. Mei Mei is a kopitiam, an all-day restaurant and coffee shop that draws on its founder's Singaporean heritage, serving everything from fragrant Hainanese chicken rice to kaya toast, spread thickly with butter and coconut jam and served with soft-boiled eggs. It's food Mrs Haigh grew up with and loves-and it shows. We're here for the Singapore chilli crab. I'm with C, a…

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january at a glance

THE passing of another New Year is as good a time as any to turn over a new page–as well as a new leaf–and stock up on some reading material for the empty months ahead. In central London, tie in a visit to The Second Shelf, Smith’s Court, W1–a rare-book store that wouldn’t look out of place in a small country village–with afternoon tea at the neighbouring Ham Yard Hotel (www.thesecondshelf.com; www.firmdalehotels.com). Holiday-deprived Londoners should go straight to Covent Garden, home to Stanfords–the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps and travel books (www.stanfords.co.uk). Discuss where you’re off to next over supper at Spring restaurant–a 10-minute walk away in the confines of Somerset House. Inside, head chef Skye Gyngell recently launched Spring Tavola–an informal, Italian-inspired dining concept, from £30 per head…

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