At 9:30am on the opening morning of the new café at Claridge’s hotel last week a man walked through the door, strolled up to the counter where the patisserie is displayed and bought everything he could see — to go.

It was an order of no fewer than 50 cakes and pastries, and a breakfast run that cost him just shy of £600.

Thankfully Thibault Hauchard, the executive pastry chef, and his team had plenty more patisserie with which to replenish the stocks, but it wasn’t the morning they were expecting — the café had only opened at 8am.

Then again this is Claridge’s, Mayfair’s glamorous five-star hotel, which has been attracting royalty and film stars for more than 200 years. Things like that just happen here.

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