Christmas Afternoon Tea

If you’re planning a spot of Christmas shopping in London this year… God speed.

Personally I think I’ll do mine in pyjamas, glass of wine in hand, laptop on knee! But you know, each to their own.

If you’re a traditionalist you will undoubtably head for Oxford St, Regent St, Carnaby St, perhaps even Bond St. Christmas music will be blasting from every store, windows glittering, crowds heaving and eventually you will long for a spot to sit down, somewhere to rest tired feet and enjoy a well earned festive tipple.

I know just the place, follow me!

Satin heels

An old Mayfair favourite has been utterly transformed.

Push through the trees…

Christmas in London

Expect a good dusting of snow!

Afternoon tea in London - In the snow!

Snow in London

Black tweed jacket // Cashmere scarf

Silk shirt // YSL bag

Dark skinny jeans

Jeweled bow heels


Silver May Success Sparkler

(One for that Christmas list you’re working on…)

Nail polish

Playing in the snow

Hop across the hopscotch board, through the enchanted forrest and into the glade.

The Glade, Sketch, London

The glade has been transformed with flowers, branches, ferns and fairies.



Flower fairies

Handmade from little blooms

Once you’ve made your way past the glade, you’ll stumble into the jewellery box.

Pink room at Sketch, London

The pink dining room at Sketch, one I’ve told you about before but it just never gets old.

Pink velvet

Sumptuous pink velvet, looked after by the most glamorous of Christmas elves.

Christmas fascinator


They’ll show you to your table.

Afternoon tea in London

Think pink!

Just what you’ll need after all that shopping.


Choose the afternoon tea, and you’ll be presented with a list of teas to go with it.

I thoroughly recommend the Christmas Chai.

Afternoon tea at Sketch, London - A must!

And perhaps the champagne poured through earl grey.

Earl grey Champagne

It is Christmas, after all!


Tea in London

Pink champagne

With a flurry, a tower of treats will miraculously appear.

Christmas afternoon tea in London

Christmas afternoon tea in London

Savoury, sweet and everything in between.

Christmas afternoon tea in London

It’s bottomless, so you can order more of whatever you run out of.

Just be sure to leave room for scones.

Scones in London

Which arrive warm, wrapped in a little blanket and accompanied by clotted cream and fig jam.

Take your time, tea is meant to be a long, luxurious affair.

Plus it’ll give you time to visit the newly decorated loos!


A winter wonderland in itself!


I know, I know. You love these beauties, don’t you?

Shoe love!

Black satin, twinkling jewels, chic black bows… if we were playing party shoe bingo I’d be jumping up and down on my chair saying “That’s a bingo!” in my best Christopher Waltz voice.

They’re part of the winter collection from my old British favourites, Dune London.

Don’t be put off by the hight, they’re my comfiest dancing shoes. And if you’re still put off by the height, try these.

I’ve popped my seasonal faves above, but honestly have you seen these? Manolo who?

London's enchanted forrest

Rosie, the queen of weather appropriate footwear.


Did I mention they play Christmas hymns as you walk through the snow covered forest?

Christmas tea in London - it snows inside!

You’ll just have to go and see for yourself!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dust off my Michael Bublé album…



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  • So festive and delightful . . . Such an inspirational feel. Noel could not come fast enough and in style this year! 🙂
    Just fabulous!

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    I love Sketch!!! Will have to get the girls together and go to enjoy the Wintery decor….and the champagne of course!!


  • Jo

    Great post Rosie! What’s the name of the colour on your toes??

  • This looks SO magical, the toilets themselves are glorious – this takes it to a whole other level. On the Christmas list. I may have been listening to sneaky Christmas playlists on my commute already… >:) Immy x

  • Lucia

    Why oh why they make the prettiest shoes with soooo high heels!!! I’m already super tall, with these sandals I could compete with the Empire State Building! Dune makes fantastic shoes though, I will need to check out some flat-ish sandals for next summer.

  • Oh my goodness, that pink dining room – that must be like having tea inside candy floss! My list of things to do on my next visit to London is getting longer and longer, lol! Great post!

  • Wow. I’ve been to Sketch a couple of times and didn’t think it could get any better but having seen this…. incredible!

  • I love the pics! especially the one you stand next to the tree! And i love these local style posts.

  • This place looks absolutely gorgeous and seems to be just perfect to visit after a successful shopping trip 😉


  • Ooh I’m heading to London soon and a friend offered to take me out for lunch… I wonder if I can twist his arm to take me here?? 😀 I want to play in the snowy trees with the Christmas hymns!! xxx
    Lucy @

  • Annie

    This looks amazing! From the tea to the champagne to the snow covered Christmas trees. And YES the Michael Bublé Christmas album is my absolute favorite, I’m actually listening to it now!


  • Oh my! Sketch did a great job with their holiday decor!

  • Kari Guastella

    Sketch was the top of my list when we went to London last month & remains my favorite thing we did. Now I really want to go back so that I can experience it at Christmas!!

  • Oh my gosh it looks absolutely amazing!! So excited for Crimboooo!

  • Well if this does not put you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will. Dusting off my Mariah Carey Christmas cd as we speak 🙂

  • Elisabeth Rigo

    Oh we just went there a week ago. Loved taking the time for tea and not have to rush around. Would have loved to see the place all decorated for Christmas 🙂

  • I love Sketch!! Will have to go asap to see these beautiful Christmas trees! So amazing xo


  • I love sketch! I need to visit sometime

  • Heading to London next week & have already made my reservations for sketch! I didn’t realize there would be christmas decorations and I am incredibly excited!! thanks for sharing xx Maren


    I love tea, and tea paired with tint sandwiches, dainty pastries and champagne is an unbeatable experience. Thank you for sharing about this afternoon tea time place. I will make sure to put it on my list.

  • Looks like a lovely place! I went to London this past July, and didn’t get a chance to go to Sketch. It’s on my list of things to visit next time!


  • mycitymylondon

    You just got to love Sketch. I have been going there for years! It never fails.

  • Cynthia

    Sketch looks amazing. It is high on my to do list should I ever get around to visiting London again. So much attention to detail in the decor themes right down to the serving ware.

    Will def be trying champagne poured over Earl Gray at home.

  • This is such a beautiful and festive post and you look as gorgeous as always! Thanks for sharing x

    Shakira / Shakira Sacks

  • This is so magical! I love it!! xo Bryn

  • What a wonderful post! I want to visit it now!

    You my dear look as gorgeous as always! xx

  • I’ve never heard of champagne poured through earl grey but it sounds divine!

  • An all pink dining room, I love it! Added to Go-To list for my next weekend in the capital.

  • So Christmassy!! Totally wanna visit Sketch for Christmas!

  • Globalmouse

    Ooh I love the look of this. I’m planning my festive London weekend at the moment so might have to pop in here, thank you for the inspiration!

  • This looks perfect to get in the Festive spirit! I love your outfit Rose! I totally agree re festive shopping, online is the way to go!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • This looks utterly dreamy and so festive, I love Sketch! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I’m still yet to go to Sketch but it looks so charmingly festive!