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Country Life 04-Nov-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

THE CONNAUGHT PATISSERIE, MOUNT STREET, W1 Is this London’s sweetest treat? The Connaught Hotel-lauded for its patisserie-has launched a long-awaited pastry and bakery store. Settle in for the morning with an artisan coffee (or Champagne) and pain au chocolat or take a treat away; Mayfair residents can take advantage of a delivery service. The pink-hued shop has marked its own opening with a collaboration with The River Cafe: its decadent chocolate nemesis cake will be delivered daily to The Connaught Patisserie and is the first time the famous pudding has been served outside of the Hammersmith restaurant. Other delights include a rotating array of seasonal patisserie and a chocolate hazelnut Connaught hound cake. Executive pastry chef Nicolas Rouzaud has been ‘thrilled with the response so far' and hopes that the cakes ‘bring…

4 min.

History in the making SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL’S former Second World War headquarters is to be turned into a 125-bedroom hotel and private residences. The 1,100-room, Grade II-listed building on Whitehall—which will be called The OWO when it opens in 2022—was sold by the Ministry of Defence back in 2016. As well as the hotel—Raffles London: the group’s first offering in the UK—the site will encompass nine restaurants and bars, a spa and various retail spaces (www.theowo.london). The colossal building was originally designed by grand country-house designer William Young and completed in 1906, in a style that would become known as Edwardian Baroque. Inside, there’s a maze of corridors and impressive offices, some of which were once used at various times by David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener and the aforementioned war-time Prime Minister.…

4 min.
anything but prim

IT takes good legs to get to the top of Primrose Hill, but the view rewards the effort. The London skyline seems to rise from the foot of the grassy slope, an arresting sequence that takes in the dome of St Paul’s, the spike of the Shard and the less architecturally distinguished—but equally distinctive—BT Tower. The light plays on the distant buildings and although many of them had yet to be constructed when William Blake made his way here, it’s easy to see why the poet felt he had met the ‘spiritual sun’ on Primrose Hill. Long before Blake wrote his lines, however, this pretty corner of London shot to national attention not for its beauty, but for a heinous murder. In the late 17th century, the hill was a tranquil…

1 min.
at home in primrose hill

Elsworthy Road, £28.5 million Originally built in 1903, this grand property spans more than 10,000sq ft and comes with almost every room a buyer could wish for, from the lower-ground floor's gym, beauty salon, bar, wine cellar and cinema to the vast drawing room, which has direct access to the private garden and the large communal gardens. The top floors house seven bedrooms-the master suite is particularly imposing-and there's self-contained accommodation for staff. Knight Frank (020–7586 2777; www.knightfrank.co.uk) Wadham Gardens, £7.95 million Situated within a magnificent Edwardian house, this five-bedroom, 4,168sq ft apartment takes up the entire ground floor and part of the first floor. The main rooms are all downstairs-from the elegant drawing room to the large master suite, which comes equipped with a dressing room. Three more bedrooms, including one that…

1 min.
seasonal suggestions

Whether we’re allowed to gather in groups of six or 60, a tree and decorations are integral to all Christmas celebrations. Here’s how to do it in style. Best for Christmas trees Go green with a rented tree from the London Christmas Tree Rental company. Delivery and collection is included and you can request the same tree year in, year out (www. londonchristmastreerental.com) Best for decorations John Lewis’s decorating themes merit as much attention as its TV advert—this year, sections are named after art movements, from Pop Art to Post-Impressionism (www.johnlewis.com).For something a little more eccentric, try Rockett St George—which has a concession in Liberty London (www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk) Best for wreaths Paul Hawkins specialises in showstopper wreaths (www. paulhawkinsflowers.co.uk)…

1 min.
here’s looking at guy fawkes night

• In the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot (1605), Parliament declared November 5 a national day of thanksgiving. The first celebration took place in 1606 • Fireworks traditionally represent the explosives that the Catholic plotters were never able to use to blow up the Houses of Parliament and the Protestant James I. To this day, the Yeoman of the Guard still searches the site before the State Opening (although the exact cellar that Guy, or Guido, Fawkes was discovered in was destroyed in a fire, in 1834) • Fawkes's co-conspirators were either killed or taken to the Tower of London and tried for high treason at Westminster Hall. The executions took place over January 30 and 31, 1606, and the various heads and bits of the plotters' bodies displayed in public…