Ascot racers hunt their gear on eBay (but never on the cheap)

ROYAL Ascot isn’t cheap. Tickets alone can cost thousands of pounds, and that’s before you’ve bought the hat. That’s why bargain hunters have got clicking on eBay for fascinators, fedoras and Philip Treacy millinery.

The global auctioning site has seen shoppers swarming for their fashion essentials. Sales of fascinators and pillbox hats are more than double what they were pre-season, while bids for classic Audrey Hepburn-inspired wide brim hats have been up over 93 per cent. Between 15 May and 8 June, sales of fedoras were up 66 per cent.

It’s not just bargains, either. Shoppers are also trawling eBay for rare designer pieces. How about a pink Philip Treacy headpiece for £1,000? Or an antique top hat for the gentleman? A steal at £350, dahling.

▀ London’s gastronomic Glastonbury kicked off with a bang yesterday, as Taste of London opened in Regent’s Park.

Heavyweights of the City’s food scene set up camp in NW1 until Sunday night, in an event that is sure to be a celebration of Square Mile foodie life.

Between celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s St Paul’s steak house Barbecoa, the Heron Tower’s exclusive Sushisamba and favourite City brunch haunt the Duck and Waffle, everyone’s getting in on the action. You can even wash it all down with a champagne masterclass from Laurent Perrier. See you there!

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