Afternoon Tea at Sketch

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Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Sketch is a very quirky venue just a five minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station in London. We went for afternoon tea at Sketch.

At first glance, you could easily walk past the door but once you realise that this is your destination, you suddenly realise there’s a RUDDY BIG DOG the wall. How on earth we missed it, I’m not sure? I’m going to blame it on the fact we were huddled under an umbrella that day and there were lots of football fans around, as the NFL were promoting themselves on Regent Street that day.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Inside the interior is really weird and wacky. Different rooms with different themes. We went for afternoon tea and we were in the Gallery. The gallery is a haven for the pink princess. Velvet, scalloped, candy-floss pink seats around white linen clad tables.  It was right up my street.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

The art on the wall is in the style of hand-drawn sketches (hence the name I should imagine). Whether they are hand-drawn or not, I do not know, but they are really interesting to look at. Although some of them are quite rude, in a giggle-out-loud childish way.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Once seated, you will look around at what’s on your table. It’s not quite the afternoon tea one expects. It’s so much quirkier than that. The tea cups have the message ‘forget about it’ on the inside bottom and the teapots are labelled ‘ghosts’. Which is quite appropriate as they are white and purposely misshapen.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

There is a wider-than-wide variety of tea. Even if you stayed there for a whole day, you couldn’t drink all the tea on offer. We did our best. Both of us love tea, so we tried a variety. I particular liked the lemongrass and ginger tea that my other half ordered and the vanilla tea went particularly well with my savouries.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Shortly after receiving our first pots of tea, we were proffered a tower of savouries and sweets. The lovely hostess talked us through what was on the stack.

Mini-savouries

Corn-fed coronation chicken
Smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream
Cucumber and ricotta
Mozzarella and pesto panini
Egg and mayonnaise, quail egg and caviar

Mini-sweets

Passion fruit tartlet
Lemon and raspberry cake
Pistachio choux
Cassis cheesecake
Chocolate and mint gateau
Tangy citrus meringue
Malabar marshmallow

We were also brought out a warm scone, which came accompanied with two different jams (fig and strawberry) and clotted cream.

Do you feel full reading that? We were after we ate it all! You can also order extra of any of it, if you want to try anything again. Plus the tea is unlimited.

I really enjoyed all of the mini-savouries. The coronation chicken and the mini-panini were my favourites. I also loved the cassis cheesecake and the chocolate and mint gateau. I didn’t quite have room to taste all the sweet items – I haven’t got a very sweet tooth. But my other half assured me that they were all very delectable.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

If you are looking for an afternoon tea out of the norm. Head to Sketch. It’s really quirky and different. If you do go, make sure you visit the bathrooms. They are very fitting to the theme of quirkiness. It was very busy when we went, but I enjoyed the vibe.

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

If you are looking for something more traditional, a bit more formal and with less buzz in the room, this probably isn’t for you. The tables were quite cozy and there were a lot of people taking photos. There were a lot of staff on hand, which meant the service was super-efficient, but also meant there was a lot going on in the aisles around the tables.

Afternoon tea at Sketch costs £41 per person. There are other options where you can enjoy a cocktail, champagne or even visit the restaurant instead.  Would I recommend afternoon tea at Sketch to others? Yes indeedy! I would go back in a heart-beat too. The food, service and overall ambience was wonderful.

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16 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at Sketch

  1. This place looks fab, I love the art - I like anything a bit different from the norm so this would be right up my street although I don't think I could get through that full list of food lol!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

    • Sally Sally says:

      The sandwiches were quite small, but you'd be amazed how filling they were Debbie. Yes it was really unexpected the decor but I really liked it!

  2. Sally, this looks like so much fun! I love the Ruddy Big Dog, hanging over the door the way he is, so absolutely cool!

    I saw this place in a blog once, talking about how special it was, and there were spreads showing the pictures on the wall. It was a big blog and it was touted as the place to go. I can see from your post that it truly is, I'm so glad that you got to enjoy it and take me along!!! Those tea-pots and cups are so cool!!!! Thanks for sharing, you know I love it!!

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was lovely Nikki. Yes someone gave us a voucher as a thank you present, which was such a lovely gesture. I love tea so much, so they know me well! Yes it oozes coolness. You can buy the teapots but they are pretty pricey. Also I would feel like I was cheating on Princess (my favourite teapot).

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was fabulous Stevie. I think most people would like it here (as long as the pictures didn't offend you, some were a little rude). The food and tea was lovely. We really thought it was a special day out.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It really was and it did make a nice change to be somewhere quite buzzy and noisy. It wasn't a traditional tea by any stretch of the imagination Julie, but lovely all the same.

  3. I love Sketch. Have never tried the afternoon tea but it looks fab. I've noticed how tight some places are now with what they give you and top ups so it's good to know they are being generous. I am actually there for dinner and cocktails on Friday evening for a friends birthday so that is going to be a real treat. I have never noticed the dog but shall on Friday!! Nicky #AnythingGoes

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh wow! You'll have a lovely time Nicky. Have you tried the little bar underneath where the bathrooms are? That was just opening for the evening as we left, it looked such fun in there. You'll have to let me know what you thought of the food for dinner. I'd love to go back for dinner and see what gems they serve. Have a fab time.

        • Sally Sally says:

          Jewellery box, I thought they were giant eggs or perhaps space shuttles. They had sounds in them like we were in space. I'm intrigued now, maybe there are more amazing toilets. Yes do let me know Nicky.

  4. This place looks fun, I love to go somewhere a bit out of the ordinary. And the food looks lovely, a little taste of everything 🙂

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was really fun Robyn. I was getting hungry all over again putting the photos on. The little sandwiches and cakes were delicious.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It really is Cheryl. It was such a nice, quirky treat. A bit on the more expensive side for afternoon tea but well worth the money.

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