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Country Life October 12 2016 is our London number, in which we explore funghi as food; list the best places to eat in London; offer advice on buying in the mews and feature a Michael Morpurgo book extract. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: Anya Matthews explores the Tallow Chandlers’ Hall in London, reconstructed after the Great Fire in 1666

GARDENS: Mark Griffiths describes his remaking of the medicinal garden for England’s oldest medical college, the Royal College of Physicians, on the edge of Regent’s Park

MICHAEL MORPURGO: Introducing an extract from his latest book, Michael Morpurgo reflects on the importance of the countryside for all children—especially those growing up in the city

EATING IN LONDON: Rosie Paterson tucks in at the most coveted restaurants and pubs in town and makes recommendations for ever y thing from work lunches to treats for the godchildren

ENAMELLING: Clive Aslet discovers the delicate craftsmanship involved in creating enamelled items of such irresistible luminosity

MUSHROOMS: From sautéeing slimy wood blewits with garlic and cream to shaping tempura parasols, mycologist John Wright knows all the tricks for cooking with fungi

MUDLARKING: Combing or ‘mudlarking’ the banks of the Thames used to be a miserable, sordid occupation. Now, it thrillingly brings to life the city’s colourful past, reports Ted Sanderling

MEWS: Once handy for horses, coaches and servants, mews houses now offer some of the most charming homes in London, finds Eleanor Doughty

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill discovers the winners and losers in the London market

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