(Picture from Sketch London)
It was like walking into another world, pretty sights everywhere you turned. Like Alice stepping into Wonderland. We were blinded by neon, strolled through an enchanted glade to be greeted by a dreamland of candy floss with a space odyssey bathroom.
Sketch is like a story book. It’s one of those places that I wish mobile phones were confiscated so that the surprise of the gallery caught you in all its glory… However, then I wouldn’t have so many pictures to put on instagram and probably wouldn’t have set foot inside in the first place!
I have read previous reviews about Sketch that while ogling over the loveliness of the Gallery room, people were disappointed by the afternoon tea. As charming as the Gallery is, I would not have been happy spending the amount that is charged for afternoon tea and being disappointed in the food. I am very happy to say that this wasn’t the case at all and every part of the afternoon tea menu was well received.
The lovely Casey and I were celebrating our birthdays and had dressed up for the occasion in matching pink tones, as we didn’t want to clash with the décor. Our breathe was taken away when we walked in and the ‘instagrammable’ madness commenced. The Gallery is a pink parlour decked out with soft pink deco chairs and gold lamps, with a herringbone floor to die for. There is a large glass dome overhead and a gold gilt bar along one wall it is like walking into a film set.
The kitsch charm doesn’t stop there; the David Shrigley designed artwork and crockery is fun to look at, where you find little odes at the bottom of your tea cups when drinking up. After being told that afternoon tea was on its way and if there was anything that you were allergic too it could be swapped, we opted for a glass of champagne to accompany our spread. Our large champagne saucers were soon filled and we were presented with an array of afternoon tea goodies. Finger sandwiches consisted of cream cheese and cucumber, salmon, egg, coronation chicken and our favourite a little cheese toastie. The second tier held the patisserie; mini lemon tarts, pistachio choux buns and slithers of gateaux, to top that off the final tier had chocolate fudge squares and a berry and cream compote. On top of this two extra delicacies were delivered to our table separately from the daily changing dessert trolley. This isn’t for the faint hearted, it was sugar overload, but we struggled through until we could eat no more. Sketch staff in their Isa Arfen designed dresses were very friendly and not intimidating being very helpful in telling you that extra tea or coffee, sandwiches and cakes are free. We struggled with eating everything served probably due to all the chatting and photo taking! However, we were able to take the patisserie that we didn’t eat home, collecting it at the desk as we left. Everything tasted good and we weren’t disappointed by any of the food.
Before we left we had to visit the most talked about bathroom in London, yes the toilets are picture perfect too! The ceiling resembles Pulp’s disco 2000 light up dance floor and looking like overinflated eggs, each pod contains a toilet and music to powder your nose to.
The atmosphere, décor and fun touches result in a great afternoon tea experience and we would thoroughly recommend a visit for a special occasion. The food matches the décor in being interesting and tasty.
Nearest tube is Oxford Circus.
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Price was £64 per person for champagne afternoon tea including service.
Booking is essential and usually needed well in advance.
Visited – April 2016
(CAB Lifestyle Contributor)