Sketch for Tea

Sketch is an adult’s playground cleverly disguised as a Mayfair townhouse.

An old favourite of mine for cocktails, dinners and parties, but there’s always more to discover.

As I discovered yesterday, at tea.

I’ve popped in for coffee once or twice, but never experienced the full-blown Sketch Afternoon Tea extravaganza.

There was nothing for it, I’d have to hop to it!

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The house itself is weird, wonderful, and ever so slightly creepy.

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^ It wasn’t me.

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The rooms are all decorated as though they were their own little worlds.

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Sanctuaries away from the hustle and bustle of central London.

Immaculately designed, furnished and often finished by the artist’s fair hands.

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But my favourite room of all?

The pink one.

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Designed by British artist David Shrigley, it is the most gloriously sumptuous gallery space in London.

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We waited in The Parlour for our table to be prepped.

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Relaxing in old British splendour, as red busses and black taxis raced past outside.

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Before being led through to The Gallery.

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The space is surrounded by Shrigley’s witty sketches, and the crockery is his doing too.

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Choose the Afternoon Tea, and choose your tea.

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Three triumphant layers of decadence, all of which can be refilled when you run out.

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A round of sandwiches; smoked salmon, cucumber, egg, cheese, all with a modern twist.

The cheese sandwich, for example, is pesto and melting mozzarella served warm and tied in a bow. (If you think that sounds good, try this!)

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Topped with opera cakes, tarts and eclairs.

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Drizzled with champagne, poured overhead.

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A truly beautiful spread, and a very happy girl!

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Regardless of whether you go for tea or midnight drinks, you are going to love the loos!

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I can promise you, you’ve never played a better game of hide and seek in any bathroom.

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Nanu nanu.

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White dress

Pink shoes // Pink bag

Bee necklace // Nesting rings // Blossom ring

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Full of cake, sandwiches, scones and champagne, we skipped out of Sketch and into the sunshine.

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I’m going to take my mum next time she’s in town, and I think you should do the same.

Book in advance, send me a snap.

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  • Andrea

    What a unique and eclectic place! I don´t know what I´d enjoy more the éclairs or the decor!

    https://mythoughtsthroughthelens.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/the-time-i-went-to-jail/

  • Natalia Spyridaki

    I love Sketch! And you look lovely as always! x

    Natalia – thewomaniwantobe.blogspot.co.uk

  • Loving your pink Kitty’s Rosie. I have the black velvet ones & now I’m tempted to get this colour – you’re definitely not good for my bank balance!!!!

    I love a good afternoon tea – the mix of quirky with traditional is really refreshing.

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • I love Sketch so much, the design of the place is amazing, makes me wanna live in it 😀
    And their bathroom is possibly the most famous bathroom on instagram haha 🙂

    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

  • I love Sketch, it really is a wonderfully unique space. Nothing quite like it in London!

    Lots of love,

    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Keva

    I had been there before but only experience the afternoon tea in February and it was magical. http://www.bluntblonde.com xxx

  • Ahhh Rosie this looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a new tea in London! So sad I missed out on that dress – it’s stunning! May just need to shop one of your other options..

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Jeannie C

    This place looks simply put, amazing!

    http://Www.whimsicalzoo.blogspot.com

  • Ahhhhh I was in Sketch for afternoon tea this Saturday & It was absolutely wonderful! I loved the mozzarella and pesto panini and the fact that they are so happy to keep refilling sandwiches and tea (so we got to try a few different tea’s and eat plenty – we are gluttonous girls!).
    The pictures are really unique, some I really loved and other’s well, they were….different…
    Also the toilets are amazing, mine had bird’s tweeting away…I feel utterly bizarre leaving a blog comment mentioning the loo but it seem’s acceptable when it comes to Sketch (I’m sure I saw them for the first time in one of your early blog posts?) – The sunken bar looked incredible also, is Sketch good for a drink in the evening?
    xo
    http://www.cakevsscales.com

  • Wow! That is a pretty special place, I can’t wait to visit here when I’m next in London. The pink room is what I image the inside of a fluffy cloud should look like, adorable! I now have huge afternoon tea cravings! Thanks for sharing Rosie, another venue on the ‘hit’ list! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • Alice

    I go to Sketch a lot, it’s such a cool place and one of my number one places to take visitors to London. I’m in love with the pink room and have yet manage to have Tea there, but everytime I walk through I try to remind myself to book it! You’re right, the loos are a dream. x

    teapartywithalice.com

  • ALWAYS always always wanted to have an afternoon tea at Sketch but never got the chance before we left 🙁 If we ever come back to the UK it’s high up on my to do list (right next to go to thorpe park haha) x

  • Emma McLeod

    What a beautiful place, but can’t stop thinking of the loos! I always love a good loo, when i was younger i was blown away by the Ritz loo’s, (they had flannels, instead of paper!) and any pretty looking loo’s, with lots of perfumes and hand lotions is also a winner! Excuse my tangent.

    Emma x
    http://www.kiwiheartbaking.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love afternoon teas (and I’m not even English but with every sip of tea with milk I think I’m becoming one;) It does look like a great spot…but I’d be worried about opening one of the cubicles…What if Lady Gaga lives there? 😉

  • Perfect pictures, I’ve been wanting to go for sometime and now you have convinced me!

    XOXO VIE DIARIES, lifestyle blog

  • I have always wanted to visit sketch. It looks like a pintrest dream.

    Katie x

    http://www.katiejaneonline.com

  • Emma and Emily

    I’m very impressed that you got some good photos in the pink room! The lighting is pretty strange in there. I absolutely loved my afternoon tea experience. The sandwiches were absolutely amazing!!

    Emily x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • I went the other week and it was fab! Definitely taking my Mum when she visits in December. Love the photos!! I am beating myself up for not getting enough for a blog post as I was meeting with a dear friend rather than working! And those shoes- superb! xx

    http://roamandlust.com

  • Emerald Dove

    This place looks incredible – I definitely need to go there! Love the decor and the food looks delicious. 🙂
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

  • This seems like such an interesting place to have afternoon tea! I love that the room is completely pink and that the food has a modern twist!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • Just when I thought afternoon tea couldn’t be improved upon! Your London posts always make my city seem so, so dull.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • I loved it here when I went for Afternoon Tea a few years back for my 18th! One of my favourite London spots (mainly because of the bathroom). Xx

    Olivia – http://www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Marnie

    So cool! Next time I’m in London this is definitely going to be on my list of places to go!

    marnie, currently

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    LOVE the decor, very dreamy. I have such a thing for wicker furniture… My inner 70s hipster wants a room made of bamboo!

  • It’s been almost a decade since I last visited Sketch…it has always been famous right?! Back then The Gallery was all white…I love it more now that it’s pink! Your white dress is fabulous by the way! I always prefer a LWD to a LBD!!

  • I’ve been dying to go there!! I’ve heard great things and that pink room!!! GASP!

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

  • Everything looks amazing from your dress to the teapots and the food!!!

  • Sketch has been on my list of places to go forever….I’m not sure why I haven’t been yet but after looking at all these lovely photos I need to get myself there pronto!

    Lis x

    http://www.elisabethrilatt.com

  • PAAR

    I went there for drinks once but I never knew high tea was also cool there http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • I absolutely LOVE the loos at Sketch! That pink room is insane however, must check it out! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • That looks so heavenly I can’t even imagine how good it all tasted!

    xx

    My Transformation into a Social Butterfly
    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  • Sketch is my favourite for afternoon tea! My mama and I have rated it number 1 so far on our list of afternoon tea places! I did a post a while back on it and now I’m so happy that everyone’s experiencing it as well! The toilets are absolutely fantastic when I went it was Easter and they were transformed into duck eggs that quacked when you go inside :’)

    http://www.hellomissjordan.com/2015/04/spring-tea-at-sketch.html xx

  • Such a beautiful place — Never seen anything decorated like that! So pretty and girly. Looks like a fun day!

  • I’ve been to sketch a few times but never for afternoon tea. The cocktails are always amazing and the loo’s and really quite quirkly.
    Kirsty
    http://www.kirsty-y.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  • I’ve always wanted to eat at Sketch, it looks incredible and the pink room is such a London classic! Definitely popping on the list for future birthdays 🙂

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Afternoon tea at sketch sounds like our idea of heaven, the pink room is perfect!

  • Kate

    What an amazing tea! And I’m loving your new shoes!

    Kate

    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • Oh my gosh WOW!!! I NEED to visit here, it looks so amaazzzinggg! Love your outfit too, the dress is gorgeous!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  • Oncebyalys

    Wow! Very neat place. Will be putting on the things to do in London. Thanks for sharing. Loved the pink room! Xx oncebyalys.com

  • Amy

    Oh my gosh, that looks like the most Instagram-able place ever. Will have to start saving now!

  • I love this place! Even the toilets are awesome! Never been for tea though… Can’t wait to come back!

    Bisous

    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Leslie R.

    I am absolutely adding this to my list of adventures the next time i’m in London. It looks fantastic!

  • Camilla Ackley

    I’ve wanted to go here for a couple years now- it looks so fab!

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  • Oh my god this looks amazing. I’ve only ever done high tea at the plaza, but when I’m in London I’ll have to give it a try. PS love the dress!!

    Basicallymaren.wordpress.com

  • I cannot wait to try this place! On my bucket list!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

  • Kari Guastella

    I have just bookmarked this place for the next time I’m in London!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • I really wanted to go here when I visited London recently and I was so sad when I couldn’t go! Looking at your photos I need to make sure if I ever get to go back to London to add this to my list of place to have afternoon tea at! Looks like you had a lovely time 🙂

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

  • Sketch is on my list of places to visit when I finally make my way over to London. My sister visited earlier this year and couldn’t stop raving about it. I love all your pictures and the pink room is just amazing!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • Oh my goodness! I have got to add this to my wish list of places to visit one day. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

  • Alisha

    Ahhh, your shoes!! Out of my budget unfortunately. 🙁 Sketch looks amazing, and is definitely on my list the next time I make it to London.

  • The Broke Boy

    What an amazing place! I imagine house elves below the floors!
    Question: did you find Lady Gaga in the loos?

  • mariel

    it looks nothing less than perfect…so much goodness 🙂 <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Looks gorgeous I cannot wait to visit!! 🙂

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • Ashlee

    I have always wanted to go to this pink room! Love your white dress!

    http://www.tusksandtails.com

  • Sketch looks incredible! I’m really excited to be going there for the first time this Christmas with my Husband, You’re photos are fabulous and I LOVE that outfit.

    Ellie – http://www.maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

  • LuLu with Grace

    This is an amazing post! The photos are fabulous, I love the dress, and you look wonderful. This place is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Kristi From Lulu With Grace
    http://www.LuluwithGrace.com

  • Wow! This is on my bucket list! Beautifully captured!

  • Oh wow what a visually stunning place – I’d be in seventh heaven there…. despite still being very curious about the loos haha!! x

    Laura | Loved By Laura

  • Love and Chartreuse

    Oh my dream. I don’t know what has fascinated me more – Sketch or your exquisite outfit that just went perfectly for the occasion! http://www.instagram.com/loveandchartreuse

  • Rose, this is so playful yet so beautiful – definitely one of the things I love most about your blog. Can’t wait to see what you are up to next!! Thank you for sharing.
    xo. Brittney Rhiannon

    http://bubblyandbold.ca

  • Enjoyed as always!

    http://www.thechicone.com

  • Jemima Elliott

    Looks gorgeous!

  • Oh my gosh, that sandwich and sweets tray! I need that now!

    Xx Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • The dining room has changed a lot since I last went, I love David Shrigley’s designs here and particularly the crockery.

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • That looks absolutely amazing! I need to check it out one day! And you look very beautiful, I love your natural freckles!

    http://www.nataliaphotography.net

  • I’m actually waiting for my Mum to come to visit so that I have an excuse to go to Sketch for afternoon tea – it’s at the top of my list! It’s worth it just to see the decor, but the food looks beautiful as well.

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • Geena

    I’ve heard so much about Sketch (mainly from Instagram) and I’m definitely going to have to pay a visit when I move back to uni! Those scones look absolutely delicious…

    http://www.thehungrylinguist.com

  • What an amazing place, truly eclectic! The toilets though?! I’d be afraid they’d open up halfway through like those public toilets! Sorry, lol’ing at my own joke here! Can you imagine?! I’m sure it’s far too posh for malfunctions like that. 😉

  • Jacqueline

    Your bag and shoes are absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to come back to London to try this place out! xxx

    http://the-lifeofjax.blogspot.com

  • Queenie Lee

    The pink room looks amazing! I love the artwork and the cups 🙂

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • The mixture of quirky, cute and delicious is just too much.
    This place looks incredible! xo

  • This is one of my all time favourite posts of yours Rosie, you look so effortlessly and naturally stunning. I adore Sketch and after mostly heading there for cocktails, had an incredible afternoon tea with bloggers friends not long ago and never looked back!

  • Emily K.

    this place is strait out of the grand budapest hotel! I love it 😀

  • I took my mum last time she was in town, but only for cocktails – I’m yet to try the afternoon tea, but think I’ll take the whole family. I’m obsessed with Sketch – my favourite is the rainforest music/documentary they play in the egg cubicles!

    Katie <3 | http://www.KALANCHOE.co.uk

  • I plan on studying abroad in London next Spring! Sketch just made it to the top of my Must See Places list! xx

  • Oh wow! Seriously gorgeous place. Another “must visit” for my next trip to London! Your shoes are to die for (so stay away from those stairs, yikes!)

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • scottie1111

    Ahh, Sheffield… the 80’s wouldn’t have been the same if all the ingenious NewWave music hadn’t been born there.
    I’ve been to the UK and love it there– London is one of the few cities in the world I could live in besides LA.

    “I am not at all interested in immortality, only in the taste of tea.”
    Laozi

  • This place looks so cool! I love finding places with quirky themes!
    Kirsty
    http://www.havethetown.com

  • This place looks so pretty!!!

    http://brightdecember.blogspot.com/

  • Really really want to go here for tea!

    http://www.theeczemadiaries.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’m going for afternoon tea today. So excited xx

  • You look gorgeous! Need to check out this place. So cool 🙂

    xo,
    Lily | pslilyboutique.com

  • wearesavoury

    Wow this looks amazing!!

    Have you ever thought about savoury scones?

    Like beetroot and goats cheese or kale and feta??

    https://wearesavoury.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/a-duo-of-savoury-scones/

    <3