If you haven’t heard of Sketch, you’re in for a bizarre treat. One of London’s more eccentric offerings, this Mayfair spot is a hit among fans of pastel pink, which is basically the entire blogging community of London under the age of 24, right? Comprised of lounge-style restaurant named The Gallery, filled with kitsch pink velvet seating and white tablecloths, the walls are lined with illustrations by one of my favourite artists, David Shrigley. Even the crockery is jazzed up with his signature hand-drawn messages and unnerving doodles.
I love this place for its aesthetic — especially the giant egg toilet cubicles and disco-inspired light-up bathroom floor — however, there’s a slight disconnect between hopeful art and interiors fans clutching at their £15 cocktails and the cash-money crowd who’ll drop in for afternoon tea, unbothered by the decadent surroundings. Head here if you can splurge and check out the opulent champagne bar and other bar and lounge areas too but be warned, this place fancies itself a bit.
What’s on the menu?
Expect fancy fare with French and contemporary Asian twists, delicious cocktails prepared with all the panache you’d expect and small-ish portions on flatware scribbled on by Shrigley. The afternoon tea is a decadent spread and well worth it, if you’re in the market for an indulgent afternoon akin to a tea party with Marie Antoinette.
Vegetarian and vegan options?
You’ll be fairly well served as a vegetarian with a ‘meat-less dishes’ menu section at your disposal, however, as a vegan you might struggle a little more. Though, there are one or two things you can opt for, including a lovingly prepared vegan afternoon tea menu, which is always a great shout.
Where to find Sketch?
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG.
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Words: Emily Beeson