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Town & Country UK Summer 2020

Town & Country UK is the British edition of a revered American magazine that has been an arbiter of style and taste since 1846. This luxury lifestyle publication offers an insider’s view of fashion, society and culture with a uniquely British sensibility.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
Back issues only
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
contributors – summer 2020

ROSIE PEARSON The proprietor of Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire, Pearson has overseen the transformation of the historic property’s gardens, whose six acres are now festooned with roses, astrantia and peonies. She tells us about the estate’s biennial sculpture exhibition on page 70. A memorable summer song ‘“Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas. I remember hearing this as a child – I was only five when it came out – and their rich voices are reassuring to me.’ An essential picnic item ‘A pair of scissors for foraging and a kikoi for falling asleep under.’ The best thing about summer is… ‘leaving all the doors open and not making too many plans.’ EVA GREEN Born and raised in Paris, Green (below) studied acting before moving to London, where she now has…

2 min
editor’s letter

From the Chelsea Flower Show to Cowes, via Glyndebourne, Goodwood and Glastonbury, a plethora of sporting and cultural celebrations in beautiful surroundings has always made the British summer a golden time, whatever the vagaries of the weather. This year, of course, is very different; all our favourite events have been furloughed until 2021, and eagerly anticipated social gatherings wiped from the calendar. Nevertheless, the season has so much else up its sleeve to divert and delight, and it is this that we celebrate within these pages. Here you will find the glory of flourishing gardens – from Justine Picardie’s peaceful plot to the tumbling roses of Asthall Manor, Nancy Mitford’s childhood home (which you can visit virtually, even if you can’t make it there yourself). Elsewhere, we explore Vanessa Branson’s elegant London…

5 min
what to wear

THE RAMBLER Sturdy boots and cosy knits for plucky jaunts in the open air Keen wanderers such as Her Majesty know that luxurious layering is a shortcut to keeping one’s wardrobe on track. Begin with beautifully crafted basics – William & Son’s cotton shirt works well with an easy A-line skirt (all the better for striding out) – then opt for whisper-light cashmere and a belted, drizzle-proof jacket from Holland & Holland. After that, all you need is a pair of good boots: Fairfax & Favor’s were simply made for walking. KIM PARKER THE MAXIMALIST More is more with bold block colours and glimmers of gold Prove that staying in is the new going out by dressing in bright hues, voluminous silhouettes and an abundance of jewels, even if your only social engagement is a…

5 min
keeping it in the family

The driveway that leads to Stoke Park Pavilions is long and narrow. Bordered by a low hedge, it passes acre upon acre of green farmland near Towcester in Northamptonshire, once the hunting grounds of Henry VIII, until it comes to an end at what would have been the back of a substantial Palladian-style house, constructed by Inigo Jones for the entrepreneur Francis Crane in about 1635. Sadly, the main building was destroyed by fire in 1886; what remains today are a pair of Grade II-listed pavilions, the original chapel and the library wings, with handsome ironstone pilasters set against pale limestone walls. Though in these strange, socially distanced times, I can only admire Stoke Park from afar, courtesy of Google Earth, I am at least able to hear about its storied…

2 min
through the looking-glass

DOWN THE RABBIT-HOLE The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well. CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains… ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND There was a large mushroom growing near her, about the same height as herself … She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and…

1 min
wildly elegant

The things we surround ourselves with have such a great emotional impact,’ says the designer Emma J Shipley, who creates fantastical furnishings and accessories from her studio in Dalston. Drawing inspiration from the mystic illustrations of William Blake and Henri Rousseau’s post-impressionist jungle scenes, the Royal College of Art graduate sketches her ideas in pencil before translating them onto wallpapers and fabrics, such as cotton satin, velvet and linen. ‘There are some simple mathematical formulae that govern patterns in nature, so I thought about making my own universe where all these different elements mix together,’ she explains. Having previously collaborated with Aspinal of London on a series of leather bags and with Atelier Swarovski on a range of bejewelled rings and bracelets, Shipley launched Wilderie, her second collection with the interior-design…