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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