This winter I spent a week traipsing about London. I hadn’t visited this illustrious city since I left in 2008 after living there for several months. Despite the dreary weather I had a delightful time taking in the sites and sounds of my old stomping grounds. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Sketch, an outlandish tea parlor and restaurant.
Designed by David Shrigley and located in Mayfair, Sketch is a restaurant and bar as well, but the by far most decadent event in this venue is the afternoon tea. My father and I went on a particularly blustery London afternoon, and we defrosted in our cozy pink chairs as our sandwich tower and glasses of champagne were presented. We spent the next two hours indulging in delicious treats, posh socializing (this place felt like the venue to see and be seen), and cautious champagne sipping. Cheers to that!
As you can tell, the main room is quite feminine, and my dad was one of the few males in the room. However, he was a good sport and enjoyed taking in all the quirky and inappropriate artwork filling the otherwise tasteful room:
The food spread here is definitely on the sweet side, so for those of you that prefer the savory sandwiches to chocolate and scones may want to steer clear. However, everything was delightful; I enjoyed the Vanilla tea while my dad had the more traditional Earl Gray and we nibbled on scones, cucumber sandwiches, and lemon cookies.
Every detail was whimsical, right down to the bathrooms…or, should I say, the loo’s.
Each bathroom “pod” played nature sounds! I felt like I was in a fun house the entire time.
Although this tea was quite the splurge, it was worth every pound..and hey, with Brexit going on right now it won’t hurt your wallet quite as much! Highly recommend for a jolly good time of people watching and exploring.