Walking into the most iconic dining rooms in London, if not the world, is special in itself. One only has to push past the doors of this super feminine brasserie to see that here the glamor of the 1940s is truly alive and well.
The Gallery restaurant is a work of art dusted with cartoonish drawings and framed sketches. The soft pink and shiny copper palette add warmth and sensuality to the space. Imagine elegant Charlotte chairs -invented especially for Sketch-, brass table lamps, and a zig-zag tiled floor in 96 shades of marble. The result is a dining room of dreams.
Tea with Bubbles...
Smiling staff greeted us warmly and led us to our table perfectly situated in front of the rose gold plated bar. From our soft, cloud-like pink velvet banquette we could see the bustle of the afternoon tea service.
We absolutely loved the Hollywood-glamour feel. Everyone was glowing and looking radiant. It looked like one of Gatsby’s lavish parties.
Sketch’s take on eggs and soldiers, impeccably garnished sandwiches, fine French pastries, scones and cakes were absolutely divine. We had Jasmine tea, which was brought over perfectly infused, and a glass of rosé Champagne to ramp up the pinkness.
A very special mention must go to the illustrated ceramic tableware. Once we got to the bottom of our tea, we saw “forget about it” scribbled on the bottom of the cup. Whenever we paused to add sugar, the bowl politely suggested “it´s ok“.
Decked out in double-breasted pink suits, the helpful waiters didn’t rush things, so we felt that the table was ours for a couple of hours. Sketch´s tea is beyond imagination, a whimsical experience that we won´t ever forget.
We made sure we paid a visit to cool cocoon-like toilets as well. Those infamous space-like pods have to be seen to be believed! If you look up, there is a multicoloured ceiling similar to a Rubik‘s Cube.
Champagne Afternoon Tea
Pommery Brut Rosé: £77 per person
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London