As part of my turning thirty birthday treats my sister and mum took me to have tea at the very Bohemian style parlour: Sketch. It really is a destination place: food, art and music over two floors of a converted 18th century building in Mayfair. Known for its curious interiors, pop-up art shows and fashionable clientele, Sketch is a quirky and eccentric dining spot with a fab patisserie.
We were taken to woodland bar: Glade which has a forest like feel having been designed by artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu with 50s rattan furniture and quirky crockery. There are a couple of options for afternoon tea including champagne or cream tea choice, as presented in the vintage book-style menu.
We started with an assortment of sandwiches – they kindly made special vegetarian ones for us: feta and tomato relish wraps, cucumber cheese sandwiches and onion jam with cheese on focacio. My mum opted for the Chai tea and we chose to drink the Mango tea which was pleasant. The sandwiches were followed by home-made fruit scones, blueberry jam and clotted cream!
On the centre tier of the cake stand were ten mini deserts and bite size French pastries: madeline, macaroon, lemon drizzle cake, vanilla and strawberry tart, Japanese pastry – quite simply delicious mouthfuls. All this is served on quirky crockery – the cake stand was made of teacups, saucers and larger plates and the plates we ate from were printed with scroll writing. The toilets were also very odd – capsule style cubicles with soothing music!
Overall I enjoyed my afternoon tea at Sketch, as it was quite different to the more traditional variety on offer across London. The surreal, informal and relaxed environment makes you feel comfortable.