Sketch has been on my must-eat-at list ever since I can remember. Their famous and very Instagrammable pink-decor room has been highly publicised, and like many other bloggers, I’ve been dying to go get ‘that shot’.
Little did I know that Sketch isn’t just ‘all about’ that pink room. There’s more to the restaurant that meets the eye (or Instagram).
A little hint… it’s rather like walking into Alice in Wonderland.
Expect the un-expected, dare to imagine, and dream big.
An interesting dining adventure awaits.
Here’s what I found out…
What is Sketch
Located in an converted 18th century building on Conduit Street in London’s Mayfair and opened since 2002, Sketch is unlike any other restaurant I’ve dined in before. Brain-child of French chef, Pierre Gagnaire, and restauranteur Mourad Mazouz, the space is classed as a destination for food, art and music.
As soon as you walk into Sketch, you are taken into another world of quirk, uniqueness and individuality. Out-there art is in your face, bold and innovative decor takes you to wonderland, and exquisite and eccentric menus excite your senses.
With menu adaptions from Gagnaire’s three-starred Michelin Paris restaurant scattered across Sketch, you know you’re in for a remarkable taste sensation and bold dining experience.
What it’s Known for
Known for it’s all pink afternoon tea room, the Gallery, Sketch is commonly written about on luxury websites.
Enclosed in the four blush pink walls of the Gallery, lies plush pink velvet chairs, which sit stylishly around the room waiting for fashionistas to perch on. Rose gold highlights twinkle, unique shaped light bulbs glow, quirky penned sketches adorn the walls, and a glamorous mirrored bar waits for orders of rose champagne to come gracefully in. This room is nothing but pure pink perfection.
The Glade Room is also Magical
The Gallery wasn’t where I was spending my afternoon at Sketch.
Did you know there’s another fancy room at Sketch?! This room is called the Glade.
Jewel colours are splashed across the room, with lush leaves and forest trees painted on the walls, and deep emerald and sapphire velvet and satin chairs placed royally around the space. You feel like you’ve entered an enchanted forest and forget about the outside world while you sit, relax and eat and drink away.
A place of surprises, Sketch also has various other rooms, including the Parlour, Lecture Room & Library, and East Bar. All of which take on a different theme and persona, but are equally as fabulous.
The Glade room has it’s own brunch style menu, which can be enjoyed between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. I tried an array of dishes, including the burrata with tomato and basil; and the aubergine ciabatta with miso and tofu. Both interesting dishes, but packed full of flavour.
You can’t forget the incredible desserts too. Sketch is known for having a incredibly luscious afternoon tea, so you cannot miss dessert here. Hello salted caramel, rose and raspberry and Manjari dark chocolate macaroons; raspberry tart, and gateau chocolat/caramel (chocolate caramel cake).
I recommend you have them all.
Interesting Cocktails, Delicious Champagne
You know you can’t fully enjoy dining without trying a cocktail or two. I went for the Carrottinaha! Like the name suggests, it was a carrot-liscious cocktail with abelha cachaca, carrot juice, lime and sugar. It was fabulously fresh and paired perfectly with a brunch styled meal. After the cocktail went down a treat, I tried the Pommery Brut Silver with my dessert, which I’m happy to say was expensive champagne at it’s fabulously finest.
From the moment we walked in, to the moment we walked out, the service at Sketch was first class. The waiters were so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions with ease. Best of all, they were all so genuinely lovely and chatty, which is typically hard to find in fine dining restaurants.
I had a fabulous time experiencing the magic that was Sketch. The brunch, drinks and dessert were all perfection, and the seamless service and friendly staff allowed you to relax in style in the arty environment. I loved brunch in the Glade room, but next time I do want to try afternoon tea in the Gallery (the pink room!).
Although the food and drinks were a hit, the decor was an absolute highlight for me. I loved how you could transport into a new world for a few hours over breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, or cocktails.
Sketch is located 9 Conduit Street London W1S 2XG
Editor’s note: Thank you to Sketch for inviting me to brunch.
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