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Country Life 05-Feb-2020

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.

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1 min.
london life

PICCADILLY CIRCUS Is this London’s most romantic statue? In short, probably not. The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain—built to commemorate Victorian philanthropist the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by Sir Alfred Gilbert—has been dogged by controversy since its unveiling, in 1893. Opinion is divided over the aluminium figure: some mistakenly believe it represents the Angel of Christian Charity, despite the bow and arrow; others that it was designed to depict Eros. It is, in fact, Anteros, the Greek god of requited, selfless love and Eros’s twin brother (the god of love and sex would have been too sinister a subject to be associated with the Earl). The mysterious figure was removed during the Second World War and replaced some years later, facing the ‘wrong’ way. Those in charge argued that the placement was a deliberate…

3 min.

Feeling crafty The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is moving: to Somerset House, WC2. This year, it runs from February 27 to March 1, celebrating more than 400 artists from galleries across the globe. A bespoke, large-scale glass and ceramic installation, by Venezuelan artist Daniel Reynolds, will take pride of place in the building’s West Wing; a series of curated talks will also be available to book (020–7806 2500; www.craftscouncil.org.uk) £337 MILLION The cost of The Museum of London’s proposed new home, in a series of abandoned buildings near Farringdon, E1 Three of the best Chocolatiers Rococo This brand has the chicest packaging: I don’t know many who wouldn’t fall head over heels for a box of Rococo’s salted-caramel truffles (£21.95) or a charming bag of praline quail’s eggs (£10.95). The company…

5 min.
no bones about it

SPLIT down the middle by an avenue of plane trees punctuated by bronzes of eminent surgeons, officers and philanthropists, Portland Place progresses from Langham Place towards Regent’s Park in a stately sequence of blue-plaque buildings, reminiscent of a Parisian boulevard. Although Gallic grandeur influenced John Nash’s later plans, the street owes its matronly proportions to one of the handful of grandees. ‘It was a woman, however, who set into motion the events that would change Marylebone’s fortunes’ The vision of those grandees shaped Marylebone into today’s rare combination of graceful townhouses and tranquil mews, culture and medicine, urban sophistication and country village. In 1767, the 3rd Duke of Portland promised a gentleman named Thomas Foley that, if the land abutting his property were ever developed, the views from Foley House would be…

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the ups and downs

Residents love the community feel. Compared with other central London areas, where second homes abound, ‘Marylebone is a place where people set up their families,’ says Martin Ballantine of Carter Jonas Residents like the great food, with restaurants such as Chiltern Firehouse and Fischer, deli-meet-bistro Le Vieux Comptoir and shops including La Fromagerie, plus a great Sunday farmers’ market. ‘You could literally eat your way across Marylebone,’ says Marlon Lloyd Malcolm of Lurot Brand Residents could do without the premium parking. There is a 50% parking-bay surcharge for pre-2015 diesel cars, but this helps improve air quality. Resident parking permits are free for eco-friendly vehicles, you can walk everywhere and the area is well served by the Tube…

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at home in marylebone

Dunstable Mews, £2.45 million Tucked away in a quiet spot close to Marylebone High Street, this beautifully renovated mews house has a 29ft reception room, dining area and bespoke kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a second reception room upstairs. Lurot Brand (020–7590 9955; www. lurotbrand.co.uk) and Dexters (020–7224 5544; www.dexters.co.uk) Ulster Terrace, £3,800 per week Set on the ground and first floors of a Grade I-listed Nash building, this magnificent three-to four-bedroom apartment has plenty of interesting details, including fine fireplaces and beautiful cornicing, and long views of nearby Regent’s Park. Dexters (020–7224 5545; www.dexters.co.uk) Harley Street, £18.5 million Beautifully renovated by award- winning architects SHH, this 8,603sq ft, Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse combines period details, including exposed beams and trusses and the original wine cellar, with contemporary features, such as the spa,…

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the cloth shop

THE CLOTH SHOP is an independent, family-run store success story: this year, it celebrates its 40th birthday. The sight of its indigo awning and façade is always a reassuring sight through the throngs that crowd the Portobello area. Run by Henry Harley and his mother (‘I couldn’t do it without her’), it was founded by Mr Harley’s father (who still works on Sundays) and specialises in natural fibres, linens, handwoven cottons and silks. There are some vintage pieces, including quilts, thrown in for good measure, too. As well as an eclectic mix of clients—from interior designers and antique dealers to a grandmother making a dress for her granddaughter—The Cloth Shop sells fabrics to film wardrobe and set designers, including for the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. RP Open Monday to Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday 11am–5pm (020–8968…