Country Life 4 January 2023

Country Life 4 January 2023 looks at life in Georgian London, visits Gertrude Jekyll's home and finds 27 wonderful things to do for free in 2023.

Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll find inside.

London Life

What’s on in the capital in 2023, Carla Passino follows a trail of Georgian scandals, Alexandra Palace at 150 and Barnaby Jameson KC on lazy ballerinas

An Arts-and-Crafts education

Clive Aslet charts the history of Munstead Wood in Surrey, creation of Jekyll and Lutyens

Native breeds

In the first of a new series that puts the spotlight on the best British breeds, Kate Green looks at the majestic longhorn

All hail the Lord of Misrule

Once a time of great merriment, Twelfth Night is in danger of losing its sparkle, finds Vicky Liddell

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Philip Hooper’s favourite painting

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Love in the Ruins

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In the grand scheme of life

Julian Roup ponders his place on earth among the wildlife around his West Sussex home


Amelia Thorpe eyes a bargain and meets the British company working with weavers in Peru

Completely bewitched

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Kitchen garden cook

Melanie Johnson on broccoli

Drinks without the downside

COUNTRY LIFE samples some of the latest non-alcoholic spirits


Mark Hedges goes for a stroll with Caravaggio in Rome and Pamela Goodman talks gorillas

The good stuff

Hetty Lintell gets all kitted out for a skiing holiday


And much more.