Characterised by its Belle Époque style, the historical Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul dates back to 1892 and successfully combines the elegance of a bygone age with the hyperconnectivity of the modern era. The light lobby welcomes guests from all over the world who, once inside, can leave the bustling city behind. Popular spots include the Patisserie de Pera, a favourite place for tea and cakes and the Kubbeli Saloon, the venue for traditional afternoon tea. The library’s dining table concept allows guests to adapt the space to their needs, whether they want to work, read or relax and enjoy refreshments. All three venues were recently re-vamped by Anouska Hempel, the ‘Queen of Decoration’ whose innovations reflect the dynamism and energy of the city. The hotel has become known as the indisputable venue of Istanbul social life.