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Country Life 07-Oct-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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
london life

MAISON FRANÇOIS, 34 DUKE STREET, SW1 Is this London’s most exciting new restaurant? Despite everything that 2020 has thrown at us, there are still plenty of good news stories coming out of the capital. Maison François-a Parisian-style brasserie-is one of them: less than a week after opening last month, the room was packed to the (20ft-high) rafters (020–3988 5777; www.maisonfrancois.london).The dining room is pared-back Art Deco style with pinky-hued patina-coloured walls; the food is simple, French cooking at its best. Plump Loch Fyne oysters, sizeable slabs of sirloin steak, John Dory fillets on a thick and glossy onion soup. The purple grape margaritas look menacing, but are, in fact, magnificent. Save some room for the puddings that are paraded around the room on an old-fashioned wooden trolley. All are made on site,…

4 min.

The Bloomsbury Hotel’s all-weather alfresco restaurant, Dalloway Terrace, WC1, has had a rustic makeover, just in time for autumn. Take a seat under the leaves for lunch (try the chicken Milanese), afternoon tea or some pre-dinner Johnnie Walker Black Label cocktails (www.dallowayterrace.com) The icing on the cake COLUMBIA ROAD bakery Lily Vanilli and the retro, London-based brand Shrimps have teamed up to raise money for Unicef’s Save Generation Covid fund (www. lilyvanilli.com). On October 25—the Lily Vanilli store’s 10th birthday—visitors to the East London bakery will be able to buy a slice of giant birthday cake, with the chance of finding one of 10 golden tickets hidden inside. Prizes include dinner for two at the Marksman Pub, E2, a workshop for two at florist Grace & Thorn and a Chase Distillery hamper.…

4 min.
a road to remember

THE bronze of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart proudly surveys Orange Square, off Pimlico Road, with a slightly cheeky look on his chubby face. Unveiled in 1994, the statue pays tribute to the Austrian genius who composed his first symphony, aged only eight, when staying at a house up the road (180, Ebury Street). Although Mozart is perhaps their most famous (if rather ephemeral) resident, the streets around Pimlico Road have been home to an array of colourful characters who have given this corner of London a unique identity. At the time the Mozarts settled in Ebury Street, the area had a distinctly rural feel, not least because it was bordered to the east by Neat House’s market gardens, about 200 acres brimming with the cabbage, celery, cauliflower and asparagus that kept London…

1 min.
at home in pimlico road

Chelsea Barracks, £24 million Situated on the fifth floor of 8, Whistler Square—one of the development’s eight garden squares—this 4,380sq ft apartment is only minutes away from the Thames. The elegant interiors include four bedrooms—the master suite comes with dressing room—light-flooded living areas that are perfect for entertaining (the fluted fireplace is a showstopper), plus bespoke kitchen, cinema room and study. There’s also a 24-hour concierge service, spa, gym, billiards room and two boardrooms. Savills (020–7590 5054; www.savills.com) Ebury Square, £2,900 per week Set on the first floor of a modern development, this 1,674sq ft apartment comes with a vast living and dining area, which looks out onto the building’s internal gardens, plus a contemporary kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, an opulent master bedroom with marble en-suite and a second bedroom. Residents have access…

1 min.
seasonal suggestions

Autumn is officially upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate (or commiserate) than with a serving of comfort food. Pies were enjoyed in Ancient Egypt and in England since the 12th century–the latter predominately meat. Thankfully, they’ve endured the ages and there are still plenty of places in London to feast your pies on Best for meat The Windmill Mayfair, W1—sister pub to The Guinea Grill—serves up award-winning meat pies. It also has a pie blog (www.windmillmayfair.co.uk) Best for fruit Chicken Shop (multiple locations) might not seem like an obvious choice, but its deep-filled apple pie is nothing short of spectacular. Choose between thick cream or vanilla ice cream (or perhaps plump for both?) (www.chickenshop.com) Best for eating at home The Ginger Pig (multiple locations) hand makes its pies in store, using the same…

1 min.
here’s looking at roman london

• The Romans invaded Britain in 54 BC and went about building a settlement on the north bank of the Thames- Londinium. It was destroyed in 61 AD by Queen Boudicca's army (who also killed 30,000 Londoners), but rebuilt by 100 AD and included a fort (now the Barbican), a Forum, amphitheatre (buried beneath Guildhall) and basilica • London Wall car park near the Barbican, EC2, boasts a section of the original Roman Wall, which was built around the city between 190 AD and 225 AD . It was excavated in the 1950s and is best viewed from parking bay 52 • In 1962, Peter Marsden discovered the remains of a Roman ship in the River Thames, close to Blackfriars. Analysis concluded that it was constructed in about 150 AD and sank…