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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corn-fed coronation chicken
Smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream
Cucumber and ricotta
Mozzarella and pesto panini
Egg and mayonnaise, quail egg and caviar
Passion fruit tartlet
Lemon and raspberry cake
Chocolate and mint gateau
Tangy citrus meringue
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.
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.
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.