I’m obsessed with London’s Sketch restaurant, and not for the same reason as everyone else. Yes, they have an all pink tea room, and the most uniquely beautiful bathroom you’ve ever seen. But this restaurant’s social marketing tactics are next level. In an era where you’re only as good as your latest Instagram pic, Sketch afternoon tea gives every girl (and guys too!) the ultimate post-worthy content. An all pink tea room?? I literally hate pink and this was at the top of my list of things to do while in London. They’re genius.
The Mayfair Market Flower Show
I was lucky enough to be in London while Sketch was hosting the Mayfair Flower Show. Five of London’s leading florists transformed an already picture perfect location into an out of this world installation. The exterior of the restaurant looked like it was taken right out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland. Passerby’s were stopping by the dozen to peek inside and take photos.
A game of hopscotch greets you at the door. Inside, hundreds of flowers filled Sketch’s long hallway. Wisteria hung from the ceilings and the staircases were lined with roses. It really was like stepping into another world.
The Gallery aka London’s Pink Restaurant
Sketch actually has four separate restaurants within the building, all decorated with their own unique theme. Of course, the pink tea room room is the most popular among visitors. At 2pm in the middle of the week, every table was full so reservations are necessary.
The Gallery’s design at Sketch is based around British artist, David Shrigley, and his 239 original works of art that line the walls. Architect and designer India Mahdavi created The Gallery’s monochromatic pink interior to compliment these works of art in an eclectic way. Shrigley’s black and white humorous drawings somehow make the perfect contrasting backdrop for this fantasy tearoom.
Sketch Afternoon Tea is not the cheapest in London, but you really are paying for an experience. Every detail has been perfectly curated, from the staff uniforms to the ceramics. The severs dawn exaggerated floral boutonnières and housekeeper’s wear traditional maid outfits. On the tables, David Shrigley’s art graces even the dishes in the Gallery, giving your delicate spread a bit of an edge.
Sketch Afternoon Tea
You have 3 different menu options when dining in The Gallery at Sketch: A La Carte, Dessert or the Sketch Afternoon Tea experience. Sketch offers a classic afternoon tea or you can upgrade to the champagne afternoon tea for £14 more. They also offer a children’s afternoon tea which includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, juice, malabar marshmallows, and a selection of pastries.
The Sketch Afternoon Tea menu includes a selection of finger sandwiches such as cucumber, ricotta and asparagus, egg mayonnaise with fried quail egg and caviar, smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream, and a warm Mozzarella and pesto croque monsieur. It also includes sultana scones with clotted cream (my favorite!) and homemade strawberry jam. The tea finishes off with an assortment of pastries including pistachio macaroons, an almond and red berry tartlet, blueberry éclair, strawberry cheesecake in a glass, meringa tarta, raspberry meringue, malabar marshmallows and sketch opera.
Sketch offers an extensive number of tea options as well from chai, to floral and fruit teas, to mint and vanilla versions.
Sketch Afternoon Tea Prices
£58 ($74) for classic afternoon tea
£72 ($92) for champagne afternoon tea
£30 (38.24) for children’s afternoon tea
Egg Shaped Pod Toilets Make for The Most Photographed Bathroom in the World
Have you ever put a restroom on your bucket list? I’m embarrassed to say that I have, but judging by the crowds of people inside Sketch’s restroom, I feel better knowing I’m not the only one.
After ascending the white and purple floral lined staircase, choose your egg-shaped pod and get down to business. Of course, 3/4 the people inside of Sketch’s bathroom are taking Instagram photos and not actually using the toilet. It doesn’t make for the most private experience if nature is actually calling.
The Glade : A Decoupage Enchanted Forest
The pink tea room is adorable, but I also really loved the rich colors and fairy-tale vibe of the Glade. Artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu created a decoupage enchanted forest in this colorful room. The Glade serves breakfast and brunch by reservation only. Alternatively, you can also just walk-in and have a cocktail or some bar snacks.
The Lecture Room & Library // The Parlour
The Lecture Room & Library is an elegant Michelain star dining room. It’s menus are devised by French Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire.
The Parlour is a quirky dining area and bar located at the front of the restaurant. This was my least favorite room in Sketch. The Parlour shares the same menu with Glade, so I skipped it.
Sketch celebrates and promotes artists. It transports you into an eclectic fantasy land that you can’t help but appreciate and stand in awe of. Whether you go for the art or the Instagram pic, I highly recommend at least walking through while you’re in London.
Sketch Restaurant Visitor Information
Dress code: Art smart (their words, not mine) “We ask our guests to dress with a sense of style and character.” Shorts are not permitted.
9 Conduit St
W1S 2XG, UK
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus
+44 (0) 20 7659 4500
Website : HERE
The Gallery (The Pink Restaurant)
Afternoon Tea – Monday to Sunday – 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday – 6.30pm to 2am
Sunday – 6.00pm to midnight
Monday to Friday – 12:30pm to 2am
Saturday – 10am to 2am
Sunday – 10am to 11:30pm
All day from Breakfast to Cocktails
Monday to Friday – 8am to 2am
Saturday – 10am to 2am
Sunday – 10am to midnight
The Lecture Room & Library
Lunch – Tuesday to Friday – noon to 1.45pm
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday – 7pm to 11pm