If you’re looking for the ‘new’ afternoon tea experience in London then look no further.
I was on a short trip to London and staying with my childhood friend, Nadia. This meant lots of catching up whilst exploring some of her London gems, and she sure does know her gems!
Nadia had booked us in for afternoon tea at the unique restaurant, sketch. It was a mad dash across London to get to our reservation just off Bond Street and we made it with a minute to spare trying to jog as gracefully as possible through the grand entrance.
We were in The Glade for tea; a beautiful restaurant of enchanted forest murals, branch chandeliers and bamboo chairs. Think A Midsummer Night’s Dream meet Oriental.
And the enchanting and imaginative atmosphere didn’t end with the decor. Our meal began with a choice of exotic teas that came as pretty and pungent as they looked on the menu.
They smelt as though you were about to take a sip of a Jo Malone fragrance, however they didn’t taste that way and were a little disappointing for the taste buds. Refreshing and pretty nonetheless.
The food then came…
I was presented with the Cream Tea; two warm scones tucked up in bed getting ready to be drowned in fig jam and cream.
Crispy on the outside, soft and crumbly on the inside. Deeeeelicious.
Then there was the Afternoon Tea, a tier of sweet and savoury bites that looked too pretty to eat.
However, the prettiness didn’t stop us and we shared out the little treats, ignoring the general savoury to sweet rule and just going for it.
The bottom tier had all the classics of an afternoon tea but was mixed up with some interesting toppings; a cucumber sandwich was topped with asparagus (maybe a little too soggy for an already soggy sandwich); an egg and mustard sandwich topped with caviar and a perfectly runny Quail’s egg; and for a modern take on the finger sandwich, a cheese and pesto toastie. Yum-A!
Then there was a tier of decadent pastries, tiramisu, and a lemon meringue tart- again, all as tasty as they looked. At the top were an arrange of pink desserts, my favourite being the tiny bubblegum marshmallows that balanced the decadent with the fun side of sketch.
OK no more food photos, I’ll end up spoiling the surprises. Instead, here’s what happened after our meal and we headed through to the ladies…
Toilet pods that would talk and give you space facts and an Elmo ceiling above….I mean…wow. sketch is so out there.
Funnily enough sketch also has a dining room dedicated to artist Martin Creed, if you haven’t already seen my blog post on his exhibition check it out here. His stuff is pretty interesting and even better that sketch has taken him on!
I love a place that doesn’t make you feel out of place. sketch isn’t the royal dining experience that is usually associated with afternoon tea, instead its atmosphere and carefully crafted menu represent the uniqueness of its dining (and toilet) experience, and that’s what makes it so attractive and accommodating to all kinds of customers. It’s not the cheapest place for lunch, Afternoon Tea will set you back a cool £64 for two, however the price tag will get you a cool yet elegant modern take on the London afternoon tea.
So Londoners and visitors, here’s where you reserve your table https://www.sketch.uk.com Enjoy!