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Country Life

01-Dec-2021

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

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the legendary recording studio enters its 10th decade

The world’s first purpose-built recording studio is celebrating its 90th birthday. In November 1931, after years of renovations to turn an unassuming townhouse into a state-of-the-art recording space, Elgar conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and recording sessions of his music—caught on film by Pathé. Fred Astaire, Radiohead and Adele would all follow suit, as would the soundtracks for the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ films. Recording carried on during the Second World War, often by the BBC for news and propaganda broadcasts. The extraordinary technological achievements of the site’s sound engineers (left) include the invention of the stereo and artificial double tracking, an analogue recording technique that enhances the sounds of voices and instruments. The Georgian building at 3, Abbey Road, however, is…

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a christmas cracker

FORTNUM & MASON has partnered up with Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! for the duration of the ballet’s limited run at Sadler’s Wells (www.sadlerswells.com).As well as themed window displays—brought to life by Nutcracker! designer Anthony Ward—shoppers will be able to pick up sweet new creations in The Parlour, try a Nutcracker-inspired afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon and enter a prize draw for the chance to win a spectacular Fortnum’s Nutcracker! Hamper, with proceeds going towards New Adventures, the choreographer’s charity (www.fortnumand mason.com/nutcracker). Claridge’s, London W1, has unveiled the hotel’s spectacular Christmas tree, designed by Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior’s men’s collections. Nicknamed ‘The Celestial Snow Globe’, the tree is a spellbinding mixture of holographic projections and white toile, topped with the figure of Mr Jones’s faithful canine companion Cookie…

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be there or be square

MAYFAIR’S oldest garden square has emerged from a decade of noisy building works in time to welcome some brand new, prestigious commercial and retail residents. Scaffolding and heavy machinery have blighted Hanover Square since 2011, when work on the Bond Street Crossrail station ticket hall began. In 2018, the building of a £600 million office, retail and restaurant development started, too. Last month, the gardens re-opened, together with a New England-style brasserie called The Maine. Among other arrivals are The Residences Mandarin Oriental Mayfair London, a fashion academy founded by shoe designer Jimmy Choo, US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and a Parisian-style courtyard. Hanover Square was laid out in 1716–20 and named for George I, Elector of Hanover.…

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a clean bill of health

THE River Thames has breezed through its first full health check, more than 60 years after it was declared ‘biologically dead’. The research and subsequent report, which was undertaken by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), found that seahorses, oysters, seals and 115 species of fish live in the river, the latter providing food for three species of sharks. The report findings are in keeping with the river’s increasing numbers of grey and harbour seals: there were 797 harbour seals in 2013 and 932 in 2020; 2,866 grey seals (above, in the Thames Estuary) in 2013, compared with 3,243 in 2020. ZSL has been working hard to restore the Thames’s delicate ecosystem since 2003 and it’s not only the water that has benefited. Multiple protected areas along its banks means that numbers…

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fast and furious

PLANS to build a Formula One circuit at London’s Royal Docks are said to be at an advanced stage. If realised, the race would be in addition to the Silverstone Grand Prix, rather than instead of the 71-year-old race in Northamptonshire. The proposed track, which will circle London City Airport and the ExCel centre, is part-funded by US investment firm 777 Partners. In a boost to the area, the firm’s founder Josh Wander said that there would be ‘an electric atmosphere… an international fanbase and the world’s largest companies as sponsors.’ The plans have been met positively by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull’s Christian Horner. London mayor Sadiq Khan is also believed to have offered his support. 8,035 The number of second homes in the borough of Kensington and…

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in their prime

A NEW generation of young and super- rich buyers is behind a sharp increase in prime property sales, according to The Times. The newspaper quoted a report by estate agency Knight Frank that said 102 homes worth more than £10 million were sold between October 2020 and October 2021, more than in the same period in either of the two previous years. Interestingly, fewer homes worth more than £30 million (nicknamed trophy assets) sold in the same period. Marc Schneiderman, director of luxury London estate agency Arlington Residential, described the ‘new breed of super prime buyer’ as ‘in their mid thirties working in tech’, going on to say that ‘they don’t need the profile that goes with living on Kensington Palace Gardens. It’s not that they can’t afford it. Some of…

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