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Country Life 09-Oct-2019

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

THE STANDARD Is this London’s hottest new hotel opening? The Standard London, which opened in King’s Cross earlier this summer—part of the area’s massive regeneration —is the group’s first foray outside the US. The 1974 Brutalist building once served as Camden Town Hall—interestingly, The Standard group was the only developer that promised to preserve the structure. Embrace the retro interiors, from quirky tiles and curved walls to shag-pile-rug wall hangings. You’ll find heritage Harris Tweed fabrics throughout (the company’s biggest commission since the QEII ) and even an outdoor bath in top-floor suites. In the spirit of American hotel culture, locals are encouraged to visit, mingle with guests and make use of dining amenities (the 10th-floor restaurant opens tomorrow). Our favourite part? The immersive, ground-floor library—an eclectic selection of literature, split into…

4 min.

Get in shape the right way THE world’s first medical gym—Lanserhof at The Arts Club, W1 (www.lanserhof.com/en/london)—hasfinally opened its doors. Detailed diagnostic assessments, state-of-the-art gym facilities and rehabilitation treatments, such as cryotherapy and infusions, join forces under one roof for unparalleled service, with prevention in mind. The Dover Street six-storey townhouse has been completely renovated—look out for the striking, white, laser-cut-effect changing rooms, decorative flashes of Lanserhof blue (a shade of teal), which stop the space feeling too clinical, and the giant photographic prints of a forest near the group’s flagship spa. Staff—including personal trainer Ella and biomechanist Michael—glow with health, a great testimonial. 138 The number of seal pups born in the River Thames this year, according to the first comprehensive count. To report a marine-mammal sighting, visit http://sites. zsl.org/inthethames Raise a…

1 min.
letters from london

SIR, In 1893 my parents had a house in the Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey, where we went for the season from our Herefordshire home. We passed the milkmaids with their cows and stall almost daily, for their stand was on the edge of St James’s Park and the Horse-Guards’ Parade… In 1894 I married the Vicar of St Stephen’s, Rochester-row, SW1. On one of the first walks he took me to be introduced to his parishioners from Mills Yard, who kept these cows and rented their stand from the municipal authorities. About two years later the Ecclesiastical Commissioners sold Mills Yard, but the lifelong tenants refused to leave their so-called wooden houses of one storey with a balcony, under which were sheds that house the St James’s cows…The struggle became formidable…

4 min.
the great and the good

Here’s looking at peregrine falcons Persecuted heavily in the capital until the end of the 20th century, peregrine falcons have made a remarkable comeback—there were only three breeding pairs in 2000, but that number is now believed to be somewhere closer to 30 In the Second World War, the birds were viewed as a threat to security because they often ate carrier pigeons before their intelligence messages could be delivered Peregrine falcons have been found nesting on Battersea Power Station, Tate Modern and the OXO Tower The best time to see a peregrine hunt is at dawn, in and around the tall buildings and large construction sights that they’re known to frequent Shop of the month The Conservatory Archives 493–495, HACKNEY ROAD, E2 THE world’s thirst for indoor plants has grown to such an extent that there is…

2 min.
my plate of view

A change, they say, is as good as a rest —and that certainly seems to be how the London restaurant world operates. Diners with short attention spans, plus eye-watering rent hikes, means the landscape is inevitably biased towards novelty. I’m as susceptible to buzz as the next gourmand (last week saw me up to my elbows in gorgonzola at a bar that only serves cheese), but sometimes, it’s worth revisiting a classic. To Bellamy’s, then, the brasserie off Berkeley Square. Opened in 2004 by Gavin Rankin, the former managing director of Annabel’s, it was named after the club in Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Sword of Honour’ trilogy and feels like a cross between that and a top-tier Parisian bistro. The martinis are weapons-grade and nobody crouches by our table like an earnest youth-group…

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october at a glance

AS autumn starts to settle once again, London has more than enough going on to distract you from the colder weather. Shakespeare is always a good idea-The Barbican (020–7638 8891; www.barbican.org.uk) will stage an inventive reimagining of As You Like It, from October 26, and Measure for Measure, written in the 1600s, but increasingly relevant, from November 12. There’s a lot to celebrate further west. Legendary Holland Park restaurant Julie’s (020–7229 8331; www.juliesrestaurant.com) has had a facelift in time for its 50th birthday and, in Duke of York Square, spanking new restaurant Vardo (020–7101 1199; www.caravanrestaurants. co.uk) has just opened inside a cylindrical, three-storey stone-and-glass pavilion. It’s within spitting distance of the Saatchi Gallery, which is marking the centenary of King Tut’s tomb discovery with an exhibition, ‘Tutankhamun: Treasures of…