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Ev­ery fashion house worth its salt is open­ing a cafe – sadly this one ( left), lo­cated in Fendi’s head­quar­ters in Rome and graced with a botan­i­cal in­stal­la­tion by con­tem­po­rary flower artist Makoto Azuma, is only open to Fendi em­ploy­ees ( fendi.com). Not to worry, though. There are plenty of places to get a fashion fix and a caf­feine pick-me-up in Lon­don. Here, we share our three favourites.

1 THOMAS’S, BURBERRY

The her­itage Bri­tish brand, beloved for its al­ways-fash­ion­able trench coats, has ex­tended its re­gal Re­gent Street flag­ship store to cre­ate Thomas’s, a din­ing room, gift­ing em­po­rium and mono­gram­ming sta­tion. Its mono­chrome mar­ble floor­ing makes it one of the most el­e­gant places to en­joy a de­light­ful af­ter­noon tea, in­clud­ing tea­cakes and crum­pets ‘fresh from the Aga’. 5 Vigo Street, Lon­don W1S ( burberry.com).

2 ROSE BAK­ERY, DOVER STREET MAR­KET

Take a break from pe­rus­ing di­rec­tional gar­ments from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Ba­len­ci­aga and other emerg­ing Lon­don la­bels at Dover Street Mar­ket by pulling up a chair in the pared-back sur­round­ings of Rose Bak­ery, on the top floor. We rec­om­mend a bowl of fen­nel soup fol­lowed by oat and maple scones with cream. Like the staff’s striped aprons? You can buy one! 18–22 Hay­mar­ket, Lon­don SW1 (dover­street­mar­ket.com).

3 RALPH’S COF­FEE & BAR, RALPH LAU­REN

May­fair’s an­swer to the famed Polo Bar in Man­hat­tan, Ralph Lau­ren’s newly opened café evokes the glam­orous world of horserac­ing and the gen­tle­men’s clubs of yes­ter­year. Its dark wood pan­elling, ban­quettes made from sad­dle leather and walls clad in rac­ing green bil­liard-ta­ble cloth – all fes­tooned with a plethora of eques­trian pic­tures – are classy and cosy. 173 Re­gent Street, Lon­don W1B (ralphlau­ren.co.uk).

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