High Tea, High Heels
Why are we having our scones with a side of Prada?
Because it’s National Afternoon Tea Week! In order to celebrate the most British of holidays, we have chosen five of our favourite high tea locations in London and paired them with five very appropriate, very high heels. And don’t worry about your feet – you’ll be sitting anyway.
Studs and high tea might be an unlikely duo, but the new Valentino Rockstud pumps blend the brand’s signature metal spurs with a classic, ladylike silhouette. Even though Fortnum & Mason’s Edwardian-style tea salon is called the Diamond Jubilee, steel will be a girl’s best friend on this occasion.
The Girly: Fendi (£820) at Sketch (£72 per person for a Champagne Afternoon Tea)
Dorothy’s red sparkly shoes from The Wizard of Oz symbolised her innocence and a need to wonder. Fendi seems to have taken a cue from Lyman Frank Baum’s classic by channelling the sugar-sweet girliness with their velvet strap sock sandals. Keeping it playful with the contrasting baby pink wool against the red velvet, these shoes were made for you to skip into Sketch while wearing them. An added bonus? You will be blending in with the India Mahdavi-designed plush pink velvet sofas.
The Eclectic: Attico (£600) at Mondrian London (£45 per person for Champagne Wyld Tea)
Tucked away in the Mondrian London is a colour-blocked haven equally suited to Saturday night cocktails and a high tea ceremony. Quite an eclectic setting for bite-sized sandwiches and cups of Earl Grey, the Dandelyan Bar warrants the perfect shoes to match. With panels of colour-blocked green, purple and orange, Attico’s Diletta Bolero sandals are your partners in crime when it comes to having the signature Wyld Tea. P.S. Champagne included.
One look at these Prada embellished satin sandals and the golden era of Hollywood comes to mind. Oozing with some extravagant 1950s glamour, there is only one place for this over-the-top statement gold heel adorned with filigree swirls and brown crystals. These beauties clearly belong to the opulent halls of London’s The Ritz. Offering the most traditional high-tea experience on our list and with a strict dress code to boot, this is the perfect opportunity to revel in decadence from head to toe.
On the mention of high tea, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. But leave it to London’s it restaurant Sosharu to inject a dose of miso and temaki into a classic British experience. The interior designed by Neri & Hu is a minimalist space warmed with browns and greens - a great venue to take a pair of Altuzzara’s olive-green espadrille-pump hybrids out for a spin. With a mouth-watering selection of matcha-infused desserts on your table and this sexy take on a python-print espadrille on your feet, you’ll leave everyone green with envy.
Text by Maya Menon