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Country Life 05-Aug-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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goboat london

See a different side to London on board one of GoBoat's ecofriendly vessels. Sailors can pick from two locations: GoBoat Paddington and GoBoat Kingston. The former journey begins at Merchant Square in Paddington Basin and takes you east along the John Nash and James Morgan-designed canal. On our trip, we floated past the houseboats and Regency white-stucco houses in Little Venice and through the 800ft Maida Hill Tunnel. By the banks of London Zoo, we spotted endangered African wild dogs. In parts, it felt wonderfully rural and a world away from London-we waved to people in other boats, all in on the same city secret (for now). Choose Kingston and you'll explore a scenic part of the Thames and pass Hampton Court Palace. No boating experience is necessary, and dogs…

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a picnic in the park

PETERSHAM Nurseries Café and Teahouse—the bucolic garden centre and popular glasshouse restaurant, on the outskirts of Richmond Park—has launched a takeaway picnic service. A sample menu includes antipasti, a quinoa and chickpea salad, a Haye Farm sausage and mushroom roll and a seasonal fruit salad with shortbread biscuits. Sustainability has been at the heart of Petersham for a while—picnic boxes are made from recycled cardboard, dishes are wrapped in eco-friendly packaging and bamboo plates and cutlery are included as standard. Each picnic box is suitable for two people and must be ordered a minimum of one day in advance, from £40 (www. petershamnurseries.com).…

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back on the rails

TAKE a walk around St James’s Square and you’ll see gleaming new railings—copies of the originals designed by John Nash in 1817. As were so many London railings, Nash’s railings were ripped out in 1941 to help the war effort. Tragically, most of those railings were never used to make munitions and many of them were dumped, it’s said, in the Thames Estuary. But now, thanks to £500,000 paid by the freeholders of the houses around the square, copies of Nash’s railings are back, with lovely pairs of neo-Georgian urns topping them all round the square. Low, elegant ‘dog rails’ (to keep dogs out) have also been installed. They are copies of the one surviving original dog rail, dug up by the square’s gardeners. The freeholders include BP, the London Library and…

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the next station is…

ACTRESS Emma Watson (below) and author Reni Eddo-Lodge are spearheading a project to create an alternative London Tube map, by replacing the names of stations with the names of women and non-binary people who have helped to shape the city. The two Londoners will work with historians, writers, curators and libraries, as well as The WOW Foundation, on the map, which will be published by Haymarket Books on International Women’s Day 2021. The general public will also be asked to contribute ideas. A list of possible names includes Ada Lovelace, Amy Winehouse, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sophia Duleep Singh and Virginia Woolf (www.thewow foundation.com).…

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a bloomin’ good idea

THE first new flower market in London in 150 years opens on September 6. The Chiswick Flower Market is the brainchild of a group of west London residents, including Ollie Saunders, a commercial surveyor: ‘We want it to be the Columbia Road of west London.’ His co-founders are author Karen Libreich, who has a diploma in horticulture, and journalist Bridget Osborne—who is also the editor of local website The Chiswick Calendar. The market will be open 9.30am to 3pm, with subsequent markets on the first Sunday of every month. It will be held on the spot of Chiswick’s first open-air market, which was launched, in 1919, by returning First World War soldiers looking to create employment.…

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jump for joy

ARTHUR PARKINSON has designed a bee-friendly and chemical-free flower show for the temporary food and floral hub, Joy at Portobello. The gardener and author (Interview, April 22) has replanted 1,000 blooms from the cancelled RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, which had been destined for the compost heap, in collaboration with fellow gardener Caroline Nevile. Visitors to Joy can also enjoy hyper-seasonal, alfresco dining at Stevie Parle’s on-site restaurant and buy late-summer produce from a network of Kentish producers (www.joyatportobello.co.uk)…