Country Life 07-Jul-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.

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london life

IS THIS LONDON'S MOST DARING SWIMMING POOL? Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 Well, yes, but there's a catch: to swim here, you need to be an Embassy Gardens resident or guest. The Sky Pool, as it has been nicknamed, bridges the gap between two apartment blocks on the 15-acre development, 115ft off the ground, 10 storeys high. Unsurprisingly, it’s the first pool of its kind, anywhere in the world. It was built in the US-where it also underwent rigorous testing-and travelled to its final resting place in Vauxhall by boat, via Antwerp in the Netherlands. At either end of the pool, there's a sun deck, Darby's Oyster bar, bakery and grill, and, importantly, a footbridge running parallel to the 148,000-litre transparent tank for non-swimmers to use. Properties are still…

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Paving the way WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL and the Crown estate have announced plans to ban vehicle traffic around Oxford Circus, W1. A design competition, hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, will deliver the final schemes by the end of this summer. Plans are expected to include a 150-yard pedestrianised zone on either side of the Oxford Street junction, with new planting and seating areas. Elsewhere, an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) will see buses and taxis banned between Prince’s Street (to the east) and Great Portland Street (to the west). Traffic will be allowed to continue unimpeded along Regent Street to the north and south. It’s hoped that the plans will ease congestion around Britain’s biggest pedestrian junction. Oxford Street is one of Europe’s most polluted streets and regularly breaches the…

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sw5/7 little black book

The Anglesea Arms Perfect for people watching, according to Henry Synge of Winkworth (15, Selwood Terrace, SW7) Cambio de Tercio A favourite of Chestertons' Jack Osmond, this Spanish restaurant is a local institution (163, Old Brompton Road, SW5) The Science Museum’s shop The place to source gifts for curious children (Exhibition Road, SW7) Maitre Choux This patisserie's éclairs rival France's best (15, Harrington Road, SW7) Macellaio Edward Bensted of Marsh & Parsons loves this butcher's ‘rustic, gargantuan steaks' (84, Old Brompton Road, SW7)…

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very victoriana

SOUTH Kensington defies geography. No amount of fiddling with compass and northings can explain why stately Queen’s Gate or the museum-lined expanse of Exhibition Road are labelled as South, yet Young Street, at the same latitude, is bundled with the rest of Kensington. But if the geography is muddled, the identity of this stuccoed slice of London is clear: this is where the Victorians made their mark. Of course, a village stood here long before Victoria’s Coronation; indeed, more than one—the hamlets of Brompton, clustered around today’s Old Brompton Road, and Little Chelsea, now the handful of streets between Thistle Grove and Redcliffe Gardens. But neither was populous, so nurseries and market gardens took up most of the land. It’s here that Baroque master George London opened his Brompton Park Nursery…

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at home in south kensington

£3.195 million, Courtfield Gardens This lateral apartment sits on the first floor of a period building overlooking a private garden square (to which the new owners will gain access). It has a large living room and a magnificent kitchen and dining area, complete with panoramic balconies. Two double bedrooms occupy the rear of the property, which spans 1,574sq ft. Winkworth (020–7373 5052; £3.95 million, Queen’s Gate Set on the first and second floor of an imposing building, this pristine 1,949sq ft apartment has four bedrooms (three of which are on the second floor, including an especially large one), a contemporary kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and an impressive reception room with an 11ft 9in ceiling and full-height French windows that open onto a pretty balcony. Chestertons (020–7589 1234; £2.6 million, Roland Gardens Spanning the…

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here’s looking at street names

• There are very few surviving records of street names from before the Norman Conquest, although historians believe that they existed long before then. In London, especially inside the City and central parts, streets often took their names from the goods that were sold there. Cheapside comes from the Saxon word chepe, for market; Poultry, Bread Street and Wood Street are all obvious • The origins of some names are a little less clear cut, such as Hanging Sword Alley, EC4. Records show that a Tudor house once stood in the alley, at a time when street numbers were not in use and people used symbols or icons instead; the residents' use of a hanging sword was perhaps because the area was populated by several fencing schools. The house is mentioned…