Country Life 06-Oct-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.

United Kingdom
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in this issue

3 min
whats on in london

October Ballet Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House, WC2, until February 25, 2022 (www.roh.org.uk) Sport NFL London Games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, N17, October 10 and 17. Watch the New York Jets (below) take on the Atlanta Falcons or the Miami Dolphins versus the Jacksonville Jaguars (www.nfl.com/uk/london-games) Art Frieze in Regent’s Park, until October 31. This year's work addresses architecture, geopolitical power struggles and the environment (www.frieze.com) Theatre Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, W1, from October 14 (www.nimaxtheatres.com) Theatre Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre, WC2, from October 26 (www.noelcowardtheatre.co.uk) Sport Six Day London at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, October 26–31. Watch some of the world's most accomplished cyclists (below left) take on the velodrome (below right). The event website has a handy seating chart (www.sixday.com) November Art ‘Hogarth and Europe’ at Tate Britain, SW1,…

6 min
best in show

CULTURE MAYFAIR Covid restrictions permitting, you could attend a different cultural event almost every day in Mayfair, spanning from the Arts (the Royal Academy) and history (the Society of Antiquaries), to science (the Royal Institution and the Faraday Museum; the Royal Astronomical Society and the Geological Society) and music (Handel & Hendrix in London, plus countless live music venues). ‘A sense of history and charm is hard to avoid [in Mayfair],’ says Alexander Millett of the eponymous property consul. SHOPPING MARYLEBONE Quiet, sophisticated and studded with independent boutiques, Marylebone is the antithesis to Oxford Street. Shops here range from the chic (Rixo, Sophie Hulme, Matches Fashion) to the stalwarts (The Conran Shop, Anthropologie, Space NK), the quirky (the Koibird concept store, with its changing collections, Gallery Eclectic, with its Japanese ceramic art, or VV Rouleaux,…

9 min
local heroes

LONDON is not a city,’ Mark Twain wrote in his 1896 autobiography. ‘It is 50 villages massed solidly together over a vast stretch of territory.’ As well as a pub, green space and at least one bafflingly irregular bus service, every village needs somewhere excellent to eat. Whether you’ve been living in the capital for years or merely spend your working hours there, the chances are you eat in London as a whole: brunch at a new opening in Soho, a working lunch at an old favourite in the City, dinner on the South Bank or Borough Market before the train home. Ever since the days of grand 18th-century supper clubs at tables in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, eating out has meant going out to eat, a kind of miniature holiday…

1 min
changing times

BEFORE Uber Spinning at Psycle Pub crawl in Bermondsey A red eye from Heathrow Pret’s egg and spinach protein pot Dinner and a film Buying travel insurance Eating pizza in Naples A regular brunch spot Learning to ski Texting your mum Starting a new job Stocking your drinks trolley Breakfast in bed Wondering whether to get a fringe Saving for a wrist watch Spa going Driving home from France with a case of grower Champagne Brogues from Jermyn Street Fleabag People watching A proposal on a deserted island Destination weddings Upgrading your jewellery Sending roses Joining a gym Peggy Porschen cupcakes Mid-century modern Skinny jeans A You Tube smokey-eye tutorial Blow drying Reorganising your wardrobe Avocado toast Intermittent fasting Playlists Netflix Keeping your end up AFTER Lime e-bike Wild swimming on Hampstead Heath Wine-and-cheese barge tour on Regent’s Canal The 6.37am train from Paddington to Penzance Pret coffee subscription Deliveroo and three episodes of Ted Lasso Buying art Eating pizza from Homeslice A regular picnic spot Learning to knit FaceTiming your mum Starting a new business Stocking your tea caddy A…

5 min
strictly ballroom

IN the autumn of 1931, invitations went out for a housewarming at Claridge’s. It was a mild Tuesday in November and guests arrived at the private entrance on Brook Street in the glittering Mayfair dark. The British Porcelain Ball began fashionably at 10pm (supper at 11:30pm; buffet at 12:30am; carriages at 3:00am) and it was the inaugural event in the hotel’s newly built Art Deco ballroom. The extension had been beneath a pile of proverbial bricks and dust, overseen by the architect Oswald Milne, for two years. By the time it was finished, the Great Depression had flattened the effervescence of the 1920s, making the antics of the Bright Young Things at parties such as this one—idealised in the past decade—look like so many boondoggles against a backdrop of mass…

3 min
petroc trelawny

Where is home in London? On the borders of Primrose Hill and Camden Town. I bought my first flat in Gloucester Crescent in 1994 and it was an amazing time, because Jonathan Miller was there, Alan Bennett, Alice Thomas Ellis, Max Stafford-Clark—the ‘Lady in the Van’ had only died a few years before. Every day you saw Mr Bennett cycling off to Marks & Spencer to buy his supper. Then I moved about 250 yards across the railway tracks. I’m on the top of a 1960s block with a view over Regent’s Park and greenery and trees, if you crane your neck. What is your morning routine? When I get up at 4.40am, I have a mixture of 50% Irish Breakfast/50% Lapsang, which I buy in brown paper bags from the Algerian Coffee…