fancy hopping across the pond to a not-so-secret-anymore little hideaway? right then, we shall have a visit to Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous’ new, but very a vintage-inspired cafe in mayfair, aptly called hideaway with a very charming and eclectic aesthetic. expect to sip some champagne, with perhaps some oysters as well, before biting into the most gourmet Croque Madame i’ve ever seen. marble Parisian bistro tables with loads of crystal chandeliers light up your meal from above, but while it looks rather fancy, hideaway is a casual but cozy walk-in cafe we can pop into for a coffee or a meal day or night, no reservation needed. so we’re going to dress down, but always chic, of course. let’s contrast this almost all-white space with a bit of black, shall we? i’m pairing my favorite double-breasted black peacoat with a creamy cashmere sweater, black chinos, and some sassy black oxfords, which feels very british to me. with that, we’ll add a fantastic white bucket bag, mod sunnies, and a warm beanie because you london, it can have a chill. and since it’s also known for a spot of rain, we’ll pack a cute travel umbrella, too. while you’re warming up with your latte, i suggest reading the splendid and the vile by erik larson — another very timely read if you’re looking for a bit of hope. on winston churchill’s first day as prime minister, hitler invaded holland and belgium, and poland and czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. for the next twelve months, hitler wages a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 britons. it was up to churchill to hold his country together and persuade president roosevelt that britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end. with lighthearted gossipy backstories, mister larson weaves an extraordinary and uplifting story of courage in the face of evil.