Sketch really is THE treat of all treats. The destination of destinations. Housed in an 18th century building in Mayfair, Sketch perfectly combines food with art, my two favourite things! The quirkiness starts literally on entry and you are transported to a whimsical, semi-Alice in wonderland like place which invites you to explore.David Shirley’s ‘Gallery’ or what I like to call ‘the room with the pink chairs’ is where Afternoon tea magic happens. The walls are covered with quirky art that could keep you busy for hours! And can we talk about the live string trio playing disney songs (and Skyfall!) on a violin – pretty special! To top everything off, the crockery is a delight!Starting off with Caviar never hurts…The sandwiches were too pretty to eat: coronation chicken, ‘Igor’ tomato chutney with lettuce and mayonnaise, Oxfordshire duck egg and mayonniase with water cress and quail egg & Scottish smoked salmon.Can’t resist the cakes…Sketch also caters for vegans though the cakes seemed quite chocolate based so bear this in mind if you don’t like chocolate!Imagine our surprise when we were told there was also a ‘cake trolley’ to choose from post all of the above! Victoria sponge always wins…And what Afternoon Tea is complete without actual tea and scones? The tea menu was extensive ranging from the more exotic black teas to herbal options. With a choice of fig and strawberry jam and some deliciously thick cream, the scones were also so good!And we can’t come to Sketch without checking out those famous space like toilets! Who knew that the loo could be so exciting? lolSketch is a genuine experience and so it should be! For £58 for the Classic Afternoon tea, you want a little more than just scones and tea – Sketch really delivers on the ‘experience’ and you’ll come away feeling quite cheerful. This is also a great place for special occasions particularly with groups of friends.
The only thing I did notice was that we didn’t get offered top-ups on sandwiches unlike at places like the Dorchester or The Berkeley. I’m not suggesting we weren’t full (far from it!) but it’s always nice to know that this is something you can get if e.g. you want more savoury than sweet. In any case, I still think that this is a fabulous experience and one you should definitely add to the list if you’re in London!
Have you been to Sketch? What did you think? Would love to hear if you’ve had any other cool Afternoon Tea experiences!