sketch serves Michelin-starred food in absolutely breathtaking surroundings.
A magical forest. Chairs wearing ballet shoes. Hot pink sofas as far as the eye can see. If a restaurant had just one of these things, we’d be pretty intrigued right now. But when that place has all of these things, and a Mayfair postcode to boot, we’re practically straining at the leash to get inside. sketch is the creation of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire, and every inch of it practically begs to be Instagrammed. For starters, check out these funky stairs.
sketch is actually a hub of four seperate restaurants, each with their own spectacular design and accompanying menu. Here’s our guide to where and what to eat…
The Gallery at sketch
Fans of fuschia should make a beeline to The Gallery, where some sort of pink proliferation has taken place. (See more pink places in London)
This must be what it looks like inside a candyfloss machine. I mean, if that candyfloss machine had 91 colourful David Shrigley artworks chucked in for good measure, as sketch does. Head here for a classic afternoon tea, from £59pp, served 11.30am – 4.30pm seven days a week, or their a la carte dinner option, about £70pp, served until 2am for all you night owls.
The Lecture Room at sketch
If you’re after an unforgettable meal, head instead to The Lecture Room, the restaurant that won sketch its two Michelin stars.
The whole room looks like a marvellous sunset, doesn’t it? It hosts dinners on Tues–Sat and lunch seatings on Fri–Sat; as well as a seriously premium a la carte menu, this is the home of sketch’s epic seven-course tasting menu – £95 for veggies and £120 for the omnivorious.
The Parlour at sketch
For a more casual (and affordable!) encounter, how about a cocktail in sketch’s fabulous Parlour? This all-day venue offers breakfasts all week, from fruit bowls to a full English (£15), then a concise lunch menu until 5pm (that’ll be £40 for three courses). Into the evening, while the other rooms dish out daring dinners, the Parlour turns down the lights and focuses on up cocktails and live music, running until 2am.
The Glade at sketch
For our money, the prettiest room at sketch is The Glade. Redesigned last year, the room was re-imagined as a mythical forest, complete with a seriously fluffy carpet designed to look like a forest floor.
Trees adorn the walls, and the whole effect is topped off by touches of gold, velvet seating, and a tinted glass ceiling. There’s no other word for it: this place is stunning. (See more romantic restaurants in London) The Glade actually shares the exact same menu as the Parlour, with breakfast, set lunches, and evening cocktails and snacks.
The cherry on top of this sundae is a jazztastic self-playing piano, which keeps diners entertained between courses. But it isn’t the most curious thing about sketch. To find that, head to the toilets.
Oh yes. They might look like eggs, but these futuristic space pods are in fact fully-functioning loos. Despite being the most ultra toilets we’ve seen in a while, sketch still gives them seasonal makeovers, such as this cute effort for the Mayfair Flower Show.
They got even more extra at Christmas, too. (See more of London’s most fabulous loos)
A meal at sketch is not an everyday occurrence (if it is, we’re insanely jealous). However, for those days you’re feeling Extra Fancy, and looking for somewhere fabulous to go, sketch will fill both your stomach and your Instagram feed rather nicely.
Location: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG. Nearest station is Oxford Circus. See them on Google Maps.
Opening hours: sketch is open seven days a week, and you can find the opening hours for each room here.
Entry: free, but we’d advise making a reservation.
More information: head to their website – but good luck navigating it…
Featured image: @sketchlondon