There’s nothing more fashionably flamboyant than wearing a hat from one of London’s top hat makers. And you have a chance to see what the city’s new star milliners and ateliers are offering this summer at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The hotel has collaborated with British luxury milliner Emily Baxendale who has introduced a bespoke collection of fancy hats and headpieces taking cue from the hotel’s history, its location, and restaurants. The Hats Off collection (forgive the not-so-original name) has six handcrafted designs that will be revealed on May 24 at The Rosebery Lounge, with a performance by the retro girl band, the Tootsie Rollers.

Till July 27, the Hats Off Afternoon Tea at the lounge (£53; from 12pm – 6pm) will give ladies access to Emily’s designs and a private consultation with the milliner who has her boutique just across the hotel. Want to make it your own? You get a 10 per cent discount too. On top of it, making the experience sweeter are the tea cakes such as raspberry rose lychee gateau (referring to the Royal Gate entrance) and nectarine raspberry frangipane cake (taking inspiration from the Royal Guards) crafted by Executive Chef Pâtissière Heather Kaniuk, each complementing a design.

The Rosebery Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
The Rosebery Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.


London’s Top Hat Makers

Looking for hats in London? These milliners are your go-to people if you’re looking for WOW pieces.

Jane Taylor
Adored by royalty and popular with celebrities, Jane Taylor turns heads with her designs. She introduces three collections of hats and headpieces every season: Bespoke, Ready-To-Wear, and Bridal.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan
Rachel has been designing hats for the Queen since 2006 and was granted The Royal Warrant of Appointment in 2012. She can found in her 17th century atelier in St James’.

Laird London
This one is for dapper men. From Trilby to pork pie and duckbill cap to flat cap, their stylish range can give any outfit an edge.

Since 1898, this shop on Jermyn Street has been providing discerning gentlemen elegant formal pieces, sun hats, fedoras, panama, and caps.