Afternoon Tea in London
I now live between Paris and London and continue my Afternoon Teas with the girls. This time we tried out sketch, located in quirky, 18th-century townhouse tea room that transforms into a cocktail lounge every evening too. I have had many a crazy night here too, but today was all about entrepreneurs connecting.
It is our Ladies Who Lunch session to catch up and spill the tea. It was a pleasure for businesswomen like ourselves to kick back, cheat on our diet and nibble on finger sandwiches and cakes! Just don’t tell the men in our lives, we bonked off of work or dropped the kids off to the nursery for the afternoon.
When of the reason I chose this place because I wanted to impress one of our guests. We both are lovers of pink and the pink walls made us look fab in our Instagram selfies. A few people stared, and the Maitre d’ kindly asked us to be discreet.
Then we realized we both spoke French and I explained I was there also to review the tea in French. Then I snapped away. Eventually, everyone else also started taking pictures of the experience. We all enjoyed the live classical band that played jazzy tunes on their string instruments. What a charming classy afternoon.
It was like we have gone to a show, with the music and service, each waiter had their own costume depending on what they brought to our table.
sketch Afternoon Tea
One vision, one afternoon tea… In a room refined by a curious mind, a touch of humour…
It’s a work of art, a striking backdrop… It’s David Shrigley’s Gallery…
… with an Afternoon Tea to catch your eye… sketch has worked its magic, creating a menu which is sure to delight, with caviar and quail egg, these sandwiches you’ll want to bite…
For those vegans, vegetarians and non-gluten eating girls they quickly provided delectable treats for us. Still in the Afternoon Tea theme. There are finger sandwiches, pastries, and macaroons, as well as an assortment of cakes we’ve specially baked. I always book an afternoon tea for two but normally invited three girls friends. Because by the time the scones arrive, which I love I am too full to eat more. We always have to snake what’s left in our bags, for the kids!
sketch Afternoon Tea has a vibe like if The Great Gatsby arranged it. With each delicacy brought to the table the savours had a story to tell or a little swag when they poured. It was swinging when we sat down and was still in full swing once we went to the ladies room. Which is like a space capsule.
We suggest going all out and dressing up because you never know who you might sit next to. It is filled with foreigners but, a lot of wealthy Londoners stepped in that day too. It is the Ladies Who Lunch monthly excuse to dress up and have some bubbly and sketch was ideal for our catch up.
sketch Classic Afternoon Tea, £59 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea, £73 per person
Children’s Afternoon Tea, £35 per child – including Pat the Bear
sketch’s home, 9 Conduit Street in London, was designed by James Wyatt in 1779 and has previously been the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects before later becoming the London Atelier of Christian Dior. With this series of commissions, sketch continues to contribute to the building’s heritage as a destination for experimentation in design, art and architecture.
The site consists of the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the East Bar, and the Gallery.
sketch was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and MasterChef Pierre Gagnaire, as a destination for food, art and music. The Lecture Room & Library was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005 and in 2012, the restaurant won its second Michelin star, which it retains today.
Over the past decade, due to Mazouz’s commitment to art and design, the venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists’ moving image including work by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute, Charles & Ray Eames and Michael Nyman and more recently Martin Creed and David Shrigley as part of its new long-term programme of artist-designed restaurants for the Gallery.
Shrigley collaborated with India Mahdavi who conceived the striking, monochromatic and comprehensive interior.