Out of the many upbeat places to dine and drink at in London’s chic Mayfair, artsy Sketch is by far my favourite.
Sketch isn’t just a collection of stylish and vibrant restaurants and bars- it also accommodates an art gallery and an infamously instagramable bathroom.
The restaurants you can find at Sketch are the Lecture Room & Library, the Glade, the Parlour, the Gallery and the East Bar.
For my birthday, we visited the (probably) most famous one of the bunch: the Gallery.
Designed by famous British Designer David Shirgley and India Mahdavi the beautifully pink design of the Gallery has to be every girl’s dream.
The Gallery offers a variety of different afternoon teas which is what I originally wanted to try. Considering that I spent most of my two days in London trying out cafes and eating cake, we decided to go for a dinner reservation instead.
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We weren’t disappointed with our decision. Although I still have to come back to try the afternoon tea at some point!
Art Exhibition: Women Empowered
When we entered Sketch we walked through their recently launched exhibition Women Empowered.
The highlight for me was the large bejewelled heart that actually beats. This art piece by Lauren Baker isn’t the only thing that stands out though.
“Power Woman” is a holographic installation by Dianne Harris right above the reception area which makes for an impressive first impression of Sketch.
The Gallery, food & decor
The Gallery is a dream of pink, marshmallow velvet and gold ornaments encompassed by witty artworks by David Shrigley.
On top of that, you find attention to detail wherever you look: the cool knife and fork pop-up menu, the beautiful dresses of the staff and the multicoloured chevron styled marble floor.
We especially liked the artsy plates, which are also for sale at sketch.
Our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We choose our meal and he recommended a fitting wine which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The food is as good as the design of the restaurant. We had the Veal Milanese and a Steak as well as a couple side dishes.
I absolutely loved the steak and the peppery sauces. I ordered it medium rare and from what I can tell it was cooked perfectly. The portion sizes were quite decent.
The only thing I slightly disliked are the prices of the side dishes. To us, they seemed rather plain for the price. In general, I prefer if the main meal already includes a side dish (which often just isn’t the case in fine dining restaurants though).
Sketch’s infamous bathroom
Often seen on Instagram: Sketch’s otherworldly bathroom. The egg-shaped cubicles make for a clean and slick look and come with a surprise: When you enter it you are greeted with music which alternates between the ambient sounds of chirping birds and classical tunes.
The rainbow ceiling is probably the biggest eye-catcher of the room. It’s vibrant and colour-changing LED lights stand out beautifully against the clean white, turning it to one of the most instagramable places in the building.
The prices at Sketch London are rather steep. It’s also worth keeping in mind that a 12% service charge will be added to your bill.
Sketch doesn’t have an official dress code but it is probably best to dress casually smart.
If you love artsy places and good food you can’t miss out on visiting Sketch. It’s not just a restaurant, it’s an experience and I think it’s more than worth its price tag.