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Country Life 06-Nov-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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The Lanesborough hotel has a new, permanent guest—Lilibet, the Siberian Forest cat. A little nosy, she loves nothing more than watching her fellow (human) guests come and go from her go-to perch on the concierge desk. Unfortunately, the feline star is the only member of the concierge team who hasn’t achieved Les Clefs d’Or status, but we have it on good authority that she’s working hard to change this. If you’re planning on dropping by to admire the Christmas-tree installation (from November 13), Lilibet is happy to accept presents. Food, however, is forbidden—she’s on a strict, but delicious diet (who isn’t in the run up to Christmas?) and very jealous of the hotel’s seasonal afternoon-tea diners (from November 20). One of those turkey and cranberry brioche bites wouldn’t go amiss. The…

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out now: cruickshank’s london a portrait of a city in 13 walks

LONDON can delight, surprise, appal, break your heart, but it is rarely bland and hardly ever dull,’ says Dan Cruickshank, who requires little further introduction after his TV work. This inspiringly illustrated guide to walks across London not only covers the capital, but also showcases Cruickshank’s credentials as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a member of both the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. The book is engagingly personal. It proves how much we can miss if we don’t pay close attention to our surroundings and doing these walks will keep one fit to boot. It’s a nice way to tick someone’s name off your Christmas shopping list—or you might just decide to keep it for…

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Looking ahead THE V&A is refubishing The Raphael Court to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Commissioned in 1515 by Pope Leo X, Raphael’s famous cartoons—full-scale designs for a series of tapestries for the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel—were brought to England in the 17th century by the Prince of Wales, later Charles I. High-definition, infra-red and 3D technology will be used in the gallery and online, when it reopens in late 2020. All dressed up The 2019 Claridge’s Hotel Christmas tree will be designed by shoe designer Christian Louboutin. He joins an illustrious list, including Christopher Bailey for Burberry, and Karl Lagerfeld, who once hung a tree upside down in the lobby. M. Louboutin will unveil his creation on November 21. 13,734 The number of Christmas decorations—including 8,400 baubles—adorning the walls and ceiling…

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green and pleasant land

TW9 LITTLE BLACK BOOK You don’t get to choose what you are served at Al Boccon Di’Vino, which aims to create as close an experience as possible to an Italian dinner party (14, Red Lion St) Independent children’s bookshop The Alligator’s Mouth runs story-time sessions and hugely popular book and comics clubs (2A, Church Court) Tribe Yarns sells bright linen from Lithuania’s oldest mill, print-dyed Shetland tweed and an amazingly soft alpaca, silk and cashmere blend (20B, Richmond Hill) SQUAWKING loudly, a parakeet tears across the sky above Richmond Green, towards an arched gateway. Like an incongruously green comet, it lights the way to what remains of Henry VII’s Royal Palace, which is tucked behind a clump of trees at the bottom of a sward so thick with architectural jewels that even some of…

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the ups and downs

• Residents love the four major supermarkets, bakeries (including Gail’s and Ole & Steen), three proper ice-cream parlours (Amorino, Danieli and Venchi), specialist tea and coffee shop Rosie & Java, and an outpost of the exceptionally good The Teddington Cheese • Residents like rugby—Richmond is home to the UK’s second-oldest club and hosted the world’s first inter-club rugby fixture (in 1864). Today, the club, which recently made headlines for its progressive approach to gender, has more than 700 players ‘aged six to 66,’ says chairman Peter Moore • Residents could do without the commute. Richmond is served by a railway line, the Tube and London Overground, but the trains are often crowded and the District Line isn’t always reliable…

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at home in richmond

Cholmondeley Walk, TW9, £3.75 million Set on the Thames riverside, just behind Richmond Green, Cholmondeley House is one of the products of Richmond’s popularity in the Georgian era—it was built in 1740 by the 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley. Now listed Grade II, it has plenty of period charm and magnificent views across the river. Savills (020–8614 9100; www.savills.com) Townshend Road, TW9, £8,000pcm This recently renovated house stands close to both Richmond’s town centre and the North Sheen train station. Spanning four floors, it has five bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen and living area, plus a lawned garden, and comes complete with furniture and furnishings. Hamptons International (020–3369 4516; www.hamptons.co.uk) Richmond Green, TW9, £4.495 million Perfectly situated to take in views of the Green, this Grade II-listed townhouse has been beautifully renovated to combine modern comforts…