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RIH Drinks

Do you fancy some tea in your G&T? We’re very partial to a good cup of tea, and we’ve never been known to say no to cocktails, so spirits made with the finest blends of tea sound like a truly magnificent idea. Meet T.E.A. – short for Tea Enriched Alcohol. Offering something just a little different, T.E.A. is an award-winning British spirits brand using premium loose leaf tea and a melange of botanicals to add an unusual – and delicious – edge to cocktails. Do Earl Grey and Jasmine teas sourced from Sri Lanka and Assam pair beautifully with botanicals including rose petals, coriander, bay leaf and orange zest? Certainly. Do they work in vodka and gin? Of course.


The artisan spirits brand produces just 120 bottles per batch in special copper stills, and – just to make things even more premium – removes the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ every time. The result? Each bottle contains only the ‘purest heart’ of the batch, meaning a really smooth superior spirit. All of T.E.A.’s spirits have won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – so the industry insiders think they’re pretty darn good too!


So, how to drink T.E.A.? To really taste the complex flavours, we’d recommend trying them with soda, tonic or just ice. Even better? In cocktails, of course! The brand actually has a rather intimate little bar tucked down a side street in London’s Soho where you can try a selection of cocktails created by T.E.A.’s resident mixologists – and with a concise menu of bar snacks on offer too. Alternatively? Get your shaker on and mix up a few pre-dinner drinks or host your own little cocktail party chez vous. What do you fancy? How about a twist on everyone’s favourite classic Italian cocktail: the Negroni?


You can make this cocktail with either vodka or gin – the latter is used traditionally, but actually either works well shaken with the bittersweet flavour of Campari and a hint of aromatic elderflower. T.E.A.’s Earl Grey Vodka is what we’ve used here – and it makes for a very, very moreish cocktail, garnished with a few fresh berries and served extra chilled over lots of ice.


30ml T.E.A. Earl Grey Vodka or Gin
20ml Campari
20ml Belvoir Elderflower
Berries to garnish

Fill the shaker with ice and all the ingredients, then shake. Serve over ice. We can tell you now, you’ll probably want to make more than one!


For more information on Tea Enriched Alcohol including cocktail recipes and stockists, see the brand’s website. You can also find T.E.A. cocktails at the Urban Tea Rooms, 19 Kingly St, London W1B 5PY.

RIH Eats

It’s the restaurant that’s been raved about by foodies and restaurant critics, and won an impressive number of awards despite only having opened in 2014. We’re talking about – of course – The Palomar. If you’ve been, you’ll know all about the spectacular “food of modern day Jerusalem” it serves, the buzzing ambiance and the chefs knocking back shots of arak at the kitchen bar. And now, just a couple of years on, comes the Soho eatery’s much-anticipated cookbook. According to sources, even Ms Natalie Portman has been itching to get her hands on a copy of The Palomar Cookbook

shakshuka the palomar

And it’s no surprise. After all, the team describe their recipes as “easy, fun, quick and simple to create, always beautiful to look at and utterly delicious to eat”. Who doesn’t want some of that? Plus it’s a true reflection of the experience you’ll have dining at The Palomar, in fact. In The Palomar Cookbookyou’ll find restaurant favourites like Polenta Jerusalem-Style, Octo-Hummus and Shakshukit, alongside simple recipes for the beautiful mezze – the “meal before the meal”, as they so aptly describe it! The Palomar is all about “heritage with a twist; modernity with lasting style,” according to its creative director, Layo Paskin. So we’re delighted to publish an absolutely delicious recipe from the book right along those lines: the New-Style Shakshuka. Enjoy!

  • salt
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into 3–5cm evenly sized florets
  • 50ml (2fl oz) olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, cut into 2cm cubes
  • pepper
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp toasted and ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp toasted and ground coriander seeds (optional)
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, sliced, or very finely chopped
  • handful of fresh oregano leaves
  • 200ml (7fl oz) or water
  • 1 courgette, shaved into ribbons with a peeler
  • 8 eggs
  • handful of chopped parsley to garnish



new style shakshuka palomar

Start by placing a large pan of water on the hob with 2 tablespoons salt added and bring to the boil. Blanch the cauliflower florets for 2–3 minutes, then drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a large pan over a medium-high heat, add the oil and then the aubergine cubes. Now this is important: make sure you season every ingredient that goes in the pan with some salt and pepper and a little of the chilli flakes, cumin and coriander (if using) to ensure that your shakshuka bursts with flavour — you can mix the dried spices (but not the salt) together to make them easier to add each time.

shakshuka recipe the palomar

Cook the aubergines for about 5–7 minutes until they have a nice golden colour. Then add the cauliflower florets, garlic and oregano, season as before and cook, stirring, for 3–4 minutes.

Crank up the heat, add the stock or water and scrape the base of the pan with a wooden spoon (that’s where all the flavour is) to deglaze. Leave the stock to boil for 30 seconds, then add the courgette shavings and the rest of the spices. Break the eggs gently into the sauce and drag the egg whites.

the palomar cookbook

Lower the heat and cook for about 10–15 minutes until the whites have set but the yolks are still runny. Season the yolks with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and rock on.

From the Octopus Publishing Group, The Palomar Cookbook is available to buy online here. For more information and to book at the restaurant, see The Palomar’s website.

Couture Cocktails

From now onwards, there’s only one way we want to test out new perfumes. Trying scent at the beauty counter is all well and good, but the Hotel Café Royal has come up with something really rather special. The decadent London hotel has partnered with Parfums Givenchy to create a capsule collection of cocktails – inspired by the iconic French brand’s super luxe L’Atelier de Givenchy scents. Do we love perfume? Bien sur. Are we partial to cocktails? Do you really need to ask…

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Served in the Hotel Café Royal’s sophisticated Green Bar – all marble tables and glossy deep emerald tiles – the collection of cocktails includes ten creations inspired by Givenchy’s chicest fine fragrances. It’s a unique adventure, a different way of experiencing cocktails and perfume – and a must-try for scent aficionados and mixology enthusiasts alike.

hotel cafe royal green bar

Of course, we’re aware of the connection between the senses, but the magical link between how we experience aromas and flavours is really brought to life in this unusual experience. It’s all thanks to Derren King – the Hotel Café Royal’s resident Bar Manager – and a man who’s truly passionate about mixology. Working closely with Givenchy, King has poured hours of research, expertise and creativity into replicating the French label’s luxurious fine fragrances in beautifully-crafted, thoughtfully-prepared cocktails.

Parfums Givenchy Cocktails

Don’t expect to look through a menu, you’ll choose your cocktail once you’ve explored the ten glass jars placed in front of you – all filled with brightly-coloured scented buttons. Nope, this isn’t your average cocktail bar! Will you choose a woody, oriental-inspired Gaiac Mystique – with rich notes of amaretto and almond contrasting with a sharp-sour hit of pomegranate and lime? Or perhaps a light, floral Chypre Caresse; light, bright citrus scents blending with Peychauds Bitters and aromatic maraschino concluded with a flourish of Prosecco? We’ll have both, please.

hotel cafe royal givenchy cocktails

Sometimes it’s hard to remember where the scent begins and the cocktails ends as the two really are so similar that senses are almost instantly muddled. We didn’t manage to work our way through all ten, but suffice to say that – in the name of good journalism – we’ve road-tested enough to assure that whatever your usual scent of choice, there’s a cocktail you’ll love here. And sometimes the perfumes that you definitely wouldn’t choose to wear, actually result in the most delicious cocktails.

givenchy cocktails hotel cafe royal

The velvety, sensual, smoke-tinged Oud Flamboyant, for example, is a delicious mélange of Coconut Noir iced tea, whiskey, honey, flash-flamed cinnamon and kumquat. Not a scent you might ever opt for – and certainly a curious blend of ingredients, but a complex, extremely moreish cocktail. There’s ten of them to try – and you’ve got until the end of September to enjoy the experience. Whether you love perfume, cocktails – or just want to do something new and different, this is an unmissable treat.

For more information and to book, please contact the team directly on +44 (0)207 406 3310 or via email restaurants@hotelcaferoyal.com. You can also find out more on the Hotel Café Royal’s website.

High Street Beauty Buys

Can you get radiant, flawless skin for less than a tenner? Banish even the trickiest imperfections for under £5? How about creating the perfect eyeliner flick for the same price as a glass of wine? Done, done and done. From the foundation that makeup artists swear by to the lipstick that gives luxury brands a run for their money, these are the high street beauty products that really work – and don’t involve flashing a credit card. The best budget makeup? Right this way…

best budget makeup

Best Concealer

Easily blendable, highly-pigmented and long-lasting – if you’re concealing blemishes or covering up imperfections, you want a concealer that does the job. Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer ticks all the boxes – plus it’s water-resistant and transfer-proof too. One of these award-winning concealers sells every every 58 seconds in the UK, and costing less than a fiver – it’s absolute steal.

collection lasting perfection concealer

Best Highlighter

We’re big fans of the high street favourite’s brightly-hued lipsticks, but it’s Topshop’s Glow Highlighter that’s really competition for the luxe labels. Highly-pigmented, glitter-free and long lasting, this imparts a subtle glow wherever you apply it – think eyes, cheekbones and decolletage. The soft rose gold colour flatters all complexions, with a gentle swipe leaving skin looking radiant and beautifully glowing.

topshop glow highlighter

Best Mascara

From False Lash Effect and Masterpiece to the iconic 2000 Calorie, when it comes to mascara, Max Factor is the brand that impresses again and again. For OTT volumised glamour, we love the award-winning False Lash Effect, and you’ll find 2000 Calorie in many a makeup artist’s kit bag, although with a super-precise brush to really define lashes, Masterpiece gives a professional look with a non-spendy price-tag.

best max factor mascara

Best Foundation

Beauty editors, bloggers, make-up artists – ask any of them for a glowy, flawless foundation on the cheap, and Bourjois Healthy Mix is the name you’ll hear again and again. It’s the ‘your skin, but better’ foundation that really looks natural, healthy and radiant while evening the complexion and banishing blemishes. This also feels fresh not heavy – and lasts amazingly too. You’ll wonder why you ever spent more on foundation.

 bourjois healthy mix foundation

Best Lipstick

Can you have too many lipsticks? Definitely not when it comes to Rimmel London’s Kate Moss collection. The range of colours is impressive as the price, with something to suit everyone – whether you love a traditional red, oh-so-now plum tones (107), an eye-catching fuschia or wear-everywhere nude. Long-wearing, satisfyingly hydrating and with real colour depth – if they’re good enough for Kate…

Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks

Best Eyeliner

L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim. This is just so good – it does everything you want an eyeliner to do, and nothing that you don’t! It’s easy to use – even if you’re shaky of hand – meaning that precise lines or flicks are perfectly achievable, no need to be a makeup pro. This is a deep, intense, pigmented black, so you only need one line, once. And once in place, it stays put until you remove it, with no smudging, flaking or drying.

L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim

Best Powder

If you’ve not come across ELF’s eye-wateringly cheap cosmetics, you’ve been missing out. Their prices are almost too good to be believed, but the brand gets rave reviews from bloggers, editors and make-up artists with stunning regularity. From ELF’s Studio line, both the compact Studio Perfect Finish HD Powder and the loose High Definition Powder give truly professional results, banishing shine, setting makeup and giving skin a “soft focus” HD finish.

ELF studio definition powder

Best Primer

Minimising pores, fine lines and blemishes, evening skin and helping your foundation to last longer, Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer has a silky-soft texture that leaves the complexion looking velvety-smooth. If you don’t usually use a primer, try this once and you’ll be hooked – it really does give skin an air-brushed look.

revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

Best Brows

We’ve been known to snap up basketfuls of Sleek Makeup’s products on the regular, and there’s honestly pretty much next-to-nothing that disappoints. And the brand’s multifunctional Brow Kit get unanimously good reviews whether you’re someone who likes a bold brow or prefers to keep things au naturale. Pigmented wax and powder allow you to create shape and set brows, while tweezers, brushes and a mirror make this kit ideal on the go. Kudos for the impressive range of colours too.

sleek eyebrow kit

Best Eyeshadow

Brilliant staying power, saturated colour and a decent range of shades, when it comes to top-rated budget eyeshadows, we love Maybelline’s EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow. From neutrals to brights to all you need for a sexy, smoky eye, these are fantastic value for money. Sweep on with your fingertips and blend out with a brush – the cream-gel formula is totally foolproof, and it really does last and last.


RIH Drinks

A fresh zing of mint and lemon, aromatic soft apple and elderflower flavours and the unmistakably delicate, crisp flavour of cucumber – plus some killer artisinal gin. Sweet, sour and incredibly refreshing served icy-chilled, this cocktail is pure summer in a glass.

summer cocktail

And aside from the Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin – which can be ordered online – there’s no obscure ingredients or complex mixology involved. Even better, this is a cocktail which you can make quickly – and in quantities should you be hosting a garden party or having people over for supper one summer evening. The flavours are wonderfully clean, fresh and seasonal – somehow this cocktail tastes even better outside too!

summer cocktail recipe

Based in North Yorkshire, The Little Red Berry Company hasn’t stopped winning industry awards since it launched in 2011. The artisan spirit company specialises in delicious liqueurs, made by hand with locally-sourced fruits and fresh produce. The liqueurs are traditionally made, by steeping the fruit and sugar together with spirits, and – even served simply with tonic – the flavoured gins are a revelation for any gin fan.

The Little Red Berry Company

Makes enough for two

50ml Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin
3 Granny Smith apples
Bunch fresh mint
1 cucumber
1 lemon
Tonic or soda water to finish

apple cucumber elderflower cocktail

Blend or juice the apples with a generous handful of mint leaves and the juice of half a lemon. Strain (if you’re using a blender) and taste, adding more lemon juice if you prefer a sharper flavour. Pour the Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin into a cocktail shaker with the fresh juice and shake with ice to combine. Taste – adding more lemon or gin if required. Fill two highball glasses with ice and pour over the cocktail, topping up with a little soda water or tonic. Garnish with sprigs of mint, and slices of cucumber, lemon and apple.

summer cocktail recipes

For more information on The Little Berry Company and to see stockists near you, see the brand’s website. You can also find The Little Red Berry Company products available to buy online via Not On The High Street.

marble chopping board

Oliver Bonas Marble Chopping Board

cocktail accessories

Fever Tree Tonic Water

John Lewis Paloma Highball

Elderflower And Cucumber Flavoured Gin

Our Exclusive New Skincare Columnist

Teresa Tarmey. Chances are you’ve heard the name (if you read Vogue, Tatler, Vanity Fair et al- we won’t go on). And if you haven’t? Well you’ve certainly seen the results on the red carpet. We don’t like to name drop, so we’ll just pop a few pics of the celebrities who regularly enjoy (or are rumoured to…) Teresa Tarmey’s facials here. Pretty damn impressive, we think you’ll agree – and that’s just the people we’re allowed to tell you about. Offering results-driven facials which really do deliver, Tarmey’s built up a reputation as the go-to facialist for flawless skin since she first opened her doors in West London, providing in treatments to the great and the good – all in the utmost privacy, of course.

teresa tarmey celebrities

More recently, Tarmey has opened a beautiful flagship salon in Westbourne Grove, with facials combining the latest clinically-proven technology and a holistic approach including her signature facial massage – using lymphatic drainage techniques to lift, plump and firm skin instantly. So we’re delighted – and very excited – to welcome Teresa Tarmey on board as our latest columnist, answering your questions on skincare. But first – a little bit about the dedicated skincare expert herself…

How did you get started in your career?

I started 20 years ago and been obsessed ever since. At the start of my career I was a beauty therapist with the perfect skin. When I hit 20 I started with acne out of the blue which is when I started to become really interested in skincare and facials, as opposed to the other traditional beauty treatments.

teresa tarmey facials

The best thing about being a facialist?

Being able to make a difference to not only people’s skin but also to their confidence and how they feel when they leave the salon – that’s what I really love about this.

One question everyone always asks you? And what’s the most common skincare mistake?

Clients always ask about skincare as opposed to treatment first assuming that they can fix things by simply putting on a product. Yes the product helps but it’s also about lifestyle and what they put into their body. Biggest mistake would also have to be about the sun. Not protecting and burning the skin is an absolute disaster in my eyes.

sun protection anti-ageing

How often would you recommend having facials?

We have to remember that facials are a treat, especially when it comes to aesthetics and the treatments I do – with mesotherapy, chemical peels and LED therapy, for example. I aim to get visible results that last and provide more than just a short term fix. People tend to come and visit me about once per month for a results-driven course of treatments that we work out together, to suit them and address their concerns.

Top anti-ageing tip?

Top anti-ageing tip has to be don’t purposely put your face in the sun and always protect your skin with an SPF.

drink more water

Where can you cut corners with skincare? Any decent cheaper brands?

Something I always tell clients is “if you could buy in a bottle what water does to your skin, you’d pay thousands”. Drinking enough water is the answer to many skin problems – and it’s cheap as chips! My favourite cheaper skincare product has to be Simple Facial by Simple.

Your five can’t-live-without beauty products?

● Water – yes, it’s that good
Heliocare SPF 50 Gel
NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

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Now’s your chance – do you have a skincare question you’d like to put to Teresa? Pop your details below and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the answer to your query! Yes, it’s pretty exciting to have exclusive, direct access to an acclaimed facialist, but that’s how we do things around here….

For more information and to book facials with the lady herself, see Teresa Tarmey‘s website.


Linda Rodin is a woman who does things differently. Can you launch your own beauty brand with a single product? You betcha. And what are your chances of your luxury facial oil becoming a cult must-have pretty much overnight? You just watch. Yes, that’s Linda Rodin – the instantly-recognisable creator of best-selling Rodin Olio Lusso, and one-woman phenomenon behind the Rodin beauty brand. The media might not show enough stylish ‘older women’, but 68-year-old Rodin – with her signature silver mane and elegant, understated look – is an exception to that rule. And why do things like everyone else? You fancy launching a capsule collection of lipsticks? You damn well do it!

linda rodin

Yes, that’s exactly what Linda Rodin did next – launching her own Rodin line of five lipsticks. Guess what? They’re as fantastic as you’d anticipate they might be. So why lipcolour? “I feel a bit naked without lipstick… my mother never left the house without it,” says Rodin. She’s spent over a year creating the collection, personally attending to every detail from the creamy, velvety-matte texture to the transparent packaging – a clever detail which makes grabbing your favourite colour on the go (or from the depths of your handbag) easy-peasy.

rodin olio lusso lipstick

Matte lipsticks can be drying, but – of course – these are infused with Rodin’s luxurious Olio Lusso blend of jasmine and neroli oils, leaving lips feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. There’s also Vitamins C and E to nourish, rose and lavender flower waxes and rich apricot, argan and meadowflower seed oils. And the colours? Just five shades makes for a concise collection, but there’s something to suit all complexions here – whether you wear bright lipstick on the daily, add a sexy slick of colour come sundown, or file it under ‘strictly for special occasions’.

rodin lipsticks

Winks is a zingy, lively cerise shade, while reds come in the form of Red Hedy (a true, bright red named after Hedy Lamarr) and Tough Tomato (a punchy orange-red that looks great on blondes). Then there’s Billie On The Bike, which is a gloriously feminine suits-everyone berry shade named after Rodin’s mother. So Mod – the fifth lipstick in the collection – is the perfect pale pink nude colour à la Brigitte Bardot. The lipcolours “magically bring the face to life,” says Rodin. “No one we know can choose just one.” Right again Ms Rodin, right again.

The Rodin lipstick line is available to buy online via Liberty, Net-a-Porter and Panache Cosmetics.

The Fashion Fix

When something’s a big deal on Instagram, we’d usually like to say we’re the first to raise an eyebrow. Fashion blogger style? Not really our thing. Style rules aside, there’s something that will always, always get our attention: the perfect summer dress. And that, dear friends, is something that Instagram’s hottest label of the moment – Réalisation Par – excels at.

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Realisation Par Valentina Ozzie

A summer dress needs that whimsically nonchalant feel that says “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on.” Because you really did. That’s all you need to do with a sundress; throw it on, add shoes, perhaps a little jewellery and maybe a spritz of SPF and you’re good to go wherever the sunshine takes you.

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realisation par dresses

Réalisation Par is the brainchild of Australian blogger slash model Alexandra Spencer and fellow Aussie and NYC resident Teale Taylor. Of course, both are pretty darned gorgeous – in that glowy, golden, sunkissed way that Aussies wear so well. But they’re also pretty decent designers, delivering clothing collections that have got all Instagram talking – and snapping/sharing pics, of course.

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realisation par nicole trunfio

Their dresses are just the right length to have that perfectly beachy, summery feel. And necklines to show of a hint of sexy, suntanned decolletage – perhaps accessorised with a necklace or two. There’s pretty, tea dress-inspired prints aplenty, as well as coquettish shoestring straps, senorita-style ruffles and gorgeous backless details. Of course, it can’t hurt that their pieces are all over everyone from Alexa Chung and Emily Ratajkowski to fashion bloggers Lucy Williams and Pandora Sykes. Réalisation Par‘s sexy summer dress style? You can count us in.

realisation par bloggers

The Diane in Navy Star        The Ozzie in Pansy

The Goldie in Star Struck

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The Valentina Dress in Daisy        The Kate Dress in Rust Spot

The Christy Dress in Black

realisation par fashion bloggers

The Diane in Red Star        The Ozzie in Navy Star

The Goldie in Cherry


A Hotel For Hats

We really do love it when companies think outside the box and do things a little differently. With its Duchess rooms scheme for solo female guests, picnics in the park and the very bar that saw the conception of Mr Bond’s iconic ‘shaken, not stirred’ martini – well, the DUKES Hotel in Mayfair already likes to challenge expectations. So what’s else could London’s most charming boutique hotel roll out to impress us? How about a partnership with one of London’s most legendary milliners: Lock & Co. Hatters?

lock co hatters dukes hotel

The world’s oldest hat shop, no less, Lock & Co. Hatters has been supplying all manner of headgear to the great and the good since 1676. Holding a Royal warrant, customers of the milliners include Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin – in fact, Lock & Co. actually invented the latter’s favourite, the bowler hat. And as Lock & Co. is but a short stroll from the esteemed front doors of DUKES – it’s a partnership that makes perfect sense.

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“We feel the two have perfect synergy: both quintessentially British, both transcending the test of time to become a true classic in their respective industries,” say DUKES of the partnership. And so, hotel guests can enjoy a variety of complimentary hat-related services during their stay – ideal for those enjoying the activities of London’s busy social calendar, or perhaps dressing to impress for a wedding or garden party. Choosing a frock is complicated enough, but finding the right hat? If Lock & Co. can’t find that flawless finishing touch, no one can.

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During your stay, we’d highly recommend a visit to the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Thirty-Six. Overseen by Nigel Mendham since 2011, the chef’s traditional British style focuses in the best of seasonal produce with an inventive twist and a hint of contemporary refinement. Everything is carefully prepared, beautifully presented and – unusually for a hotel restaurant in Mayfair – actually very competitively priced. If you do fancy trying Ian Fleming’s favourite tipple in the DUKES bar – definitely remember to book. It’s a favourite of non-residents and cocktail fans alike, and you’ve probably got more chance of tea with the Queen than scoring a walk-in table at the DUKES bar sans reservation. There’s a rather bijou Perrier Champagne Lounge though, should you miss out on martinis.

perrier jouet champagne lounge dukes hotel

That said, if you do manage to book in a cuppa with Liz, Lock & Co. Hatters can certainly organise suitable hats and offer complimentary millinery services such as changing a band or bow, fitting headpieces or even top hat-shining. You won’t get that at just any boutique hotel. Lock & Co.’s expert staff can advise on styles to suit – whether it’s a pretty feathered fascinator or sophisticated wide-brimmed panama. Since we stopped wearing hats so often, there’s a real sense of occasion to them and to choosing one to match your social engagement. Hurrah for hats, we say!

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Nightly rates in a DUKES room at DUKES LONDON start from £311 inclusive of VAT and breakfast, with complimentary upgrade to next room category. For more information please call 020 7491 4840 or visit www.dukeshotel.com.

The Olympics’ Real Life Heroes

Why should you watch the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Forget Usain, the mesmerising gymnastics routines and the glittering ceremonies, this Olympics, it’s all about the newest team to participate in the games. No, it’s not a brand new country you’ve never heard of before – it’s the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. Assembled by the International Olympic Committee, the ten-strong team is composed entirely of athletes who are also refugees. And of course, for them – it’s about much, much more than winning medals.

Six men and four women – from South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – who have also only had nine months to prepare for Rio 2016. From South Sudan come Anjelina Nada Lohalith and Rose Nathike Lokonyen – participants in the 1,500m and 800m respectively. Then there’s Congolese Yolande Bukasa Mabika who will be hoping to triumph in the judo. And not forgetting 18-year-old Yusra Mardini who fled Syria and almost perished in the Mediterranean on a dinghy taking her and her family from Turkey to Greece.

Ten remarkable journeys – and a symbol of hope for refugees everywhere. We’ll be cheering for them – the true heroes of Rio 2016.