Sketch has been on my radar for a while. Its reputation precedes it, and for the right reasons. The Mayfair hot spot is renowned for its one of a kind Afternoon Teas, iconic gallery dining space and quirky toilet pods. A visit revealed what all the fuss was about.
The candy pink glam interiors, designed with input from Turner-Prize winning artist Martin Creed, have a
‘Great Gatsby’-esque feel. Unsurprisingly it was dominated by ladies that lunch. The room felt quite surreal, with pink velvet arm chairs, a stripy floor and 239 quirky sketches by another Turner Prize winner, David Shrigley, lining the walls.
Shrigley has really put his stamp on the space, and overall experience; even the crockery features his satirical phrases and childlike doodles, reinforcing the venue’s very name at every opportunity.
Assorted finger sandwiches including Coronation Chicken, Smoked Salmon and Jacob’s Cream, Cucumber and Ricotta, Comte Cheese Panini, Egg mayonnaise with quail egg and caviar
Sultana scone with Clotted cream, fig and raspberry jam
A selection of pastries
Passion Fruit Tartlet, Lemon and Raspberry cake, Pistachio Choux, Cassis Cheesecake, Chocolate and Mint Gateau, Tangy Citrus Meringue, Malabar Marshmallow
Teas ranging from Black, White, Oolong, Green and Puerh to a range of Herbal infusion.
My tea of choice, Flowering Osmanthus, was described as a ‘sweet and soothing flowering green tea hand tied around an explosive orange osmanthus flower’.
To say it was a challenge to finish the feast would be an understatement, but we gave it a good go nonetheless. The food itself wasn’t mind-blowing, but what you’d expect from a standard afternoon tea. The unique setting, central location, quirky experience and attentive service justifies the price tag, and it’s undoubtedly a great place to head to if you’re looking for something slightly off the wall, and keen to splash out on a ladies lunch for a good old catch up.
Author: Sarah Moor
Book here: https://sketch.london/
Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG