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Country Life

Country Life 04-Dec-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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.

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6 min.
london life

REGENT STREET, W1 Are these London’s most beautiful Christmas lights? In recent years, London’s Christmas light displays have been anticipated as keenly as the John Lewis TV advertisement. The tradition was begun on Regent Street, in 1954, by retailers hoping to jazz up post-war London. It worked. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the illuminated installations spread to surrounding streets. The displays were halted, briefly, in the 1970s, due to economic pressures, but returned in 1978 with a royal seal of approval—The Prince of Wales performed the turning-on honours. This year, Regent Street is celebrating its 200th birthday with a sweeping canopy of light, inspired by the very first scheme. Sixteen individual spirits boast an impressive 56ft wingspan. Liquid London BY the end of 2019, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Thames Water hope to…

4 min.
bohemian paradise

IT’S hard to keep up with Hampstead and not only because the climb up the hill is challenging on the legs. Every cottage-lined lane, every vine-festooned street reads like a Who’s Who of the past two centuries, with so many blue plaques that your head has to swivel fast from side to side to take them all in. Surprisingly, the village stayed out of the limelight for centuries, a haven for people who found it hard to settle elsewhere—Quakers or Protestant Dissenters. Interest in the area only picked up in the 18th century, when the healing properties of its iron-rich waters, ‘being equal in virtue with Tunbridge Wells’, as noted in a newspaper of the time, turned Hampstead into a spa town. It never became as fashionable as Bath because ‘it…

1 min.
nw3 little black book

The Hampstead Butcher & Providore Meat is front and centre at this shop, which holds butchery and sausage-making classes, but the deli counter is well stocked with cheeses, olives and oven-ready dishes, too (56, Rosslyn Hill, NW3) Maud & Mabel This idiosyncratic shop stocks ceramics, clothing, woodwork and jewellery that share a pure, pared-down aesthetic inspired by Japanese design (10, Perrin’s Court, NW3) Catto Gallery Specialising in contemporary art, Catto features works by many leading artists, but also carries a selection of emerging talent for those who prefer the thrill of a new discovery (100, Heath Street, NW3)…

1 min.
the ups and down

● Residents love Hampstead Heath—as Dairin Moukarzel of Savills Hampstead explains: ‘It’s a readymade play spot for the weekends.’ Plus, adds Lee Koffman of UK Sotheby’s International Realty, the heath is one of the few places in London where you can breathe clean air and swim outdoors ● Residents like the local pubs, with favourites ranging from the Holly Bush—going as strong today as it did in the 18th century—to 28 Church Row (both recommended by Charlie Smith of London Real Estate Advisors), The Freemasons Arms and the dog-friendly The Wells ( Mrs Moukarzel’s favourites), Villa Bianca and The Coffee Cup (suggested by Mr Schneiderman) and the Duke of Hamilton ● Residents could do without the Northern Line—it’s called Misery Line for a reason. That said, Hampstead Heath station has the swanky…

2 min.
secrets of the sociable city kitchen

‘Like the city itself, London kitchens are sociable places to be’ FROM Fortnum & Mason to Borough Market and Paxton & Whitfield to Lidgates, London has long been a gastronomic treasure trove that offers ingredients from all over the world. Its wide choice of wine merchants, cookery shops, specialist tea and coffee stores combine to make it a gastronome’s dream. The joy of having your own home from home in the heart of this exciting city is the opportunities it creates: a five-minute walk back from the theatre, an early morning walk through Hyde Park, a last-minute trip to a matinee. But one of the most trans-formative possibilities is the chance to explore some of the greatest flavours and ingredients that the world has to offer by entertaining friends and family within…

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crafting the perfect kitchen

THE ISLAND Open-plan living and kitchen spaces work best with elements that infuse structure into the rooms. The island is the glue that holds the bustling kitchen together, acting as a soft buffer. It is the natural centre of the room, to which everyone in the open-plan space gravitates. THE MAGIC TRIANGLE People will often remark on how easy they find cooking in kitchens where the islands have an integrated hob or sink. The reason usually has to do with your movements within the kitchen becoming shorter and more agile among the three main focus points: the sink, the hob and the fridge. This mighty trinity is the base for what kitchen designers call kitchen triangulation. It is proven that, when the distances between the three mean that you stand in the middle…