This year for my birthday my girlfriends took me to Sketch for their famous afternoon tea. I’m trying not to afternoon tea too much as I’ve been to quite a few in the last year and it’s definitely time for a break but I’ve always wanted to visit Sketch and its famous pink room so one more won’t hurt.
We went to Sketch on a Saturday in August and had a late afternoon booking, upon arrival we were greeted by well groomed staff members a.k.a pretty ladies with smiles and ushered quickly into the famous pink room for our afternoon tea. We were shown to our booth and swiftly offered their champagne afternoon tea at a cool £59, we all declined and went for the traditional afternoon tea.
Straight away all of us girls were in awe of the famous pink room that is among one of the most instagramed places in London, I can see why. It is enchanting, a girly room full of everything pink and during our visit to Sketch there was some fantastic art dotted all over the walls.
We all chose our tea, I went for the blackcurrant and hibiscus as I like to try new teas at fancy afternoon teas and this one was so yummy. Before our afternoon tea trays came out we all enjoyed looking at the art work on display at the Sketch Gallery from David Shrigley, there were over 200 pieces of art around the room and the art work continued on the table. The ceramic plates, cups and saucers were very simple phrases and words but they were so cute!
The afternoon tea came out and we were all very impressed with how it looked, this is what was on the menu:
The sandwiches were pretty classic which I like. Here is what sandwiches were on the menu for the day.
Coronation chicken (a classic in my opinon)
Cucumber and ricotta, Mozzarella and pesto Panini
Overall the sandwiches were good, although some of the bread was in my opinion a little stale and certainly not fresh but they were beautifully presented.
It was a choice between plain or sultana served with clotted cream, fig and strawberry jam. Unfortunately this was the disappointing part of the afternoon tea, unfortunately my scone (I went for plain) came out boiling hot but rock hard and as I learnt best from Kelly the afternoon tea guru, this is a clear sign that they were not fresh and had been re-heated. You can tell from this photo just how rock hard it was on the bottom.
The sweets looked pretty and were pretty tasty too, here is a list of what was on the top tier on the day. It was a real mixture of flavours and like most good afternoon tea’s it was tricky trying to fit it all in.
Passion fruit tartlet, Lemon and raspberry cake, Cheesecake, Chocolate and mint gateau, Tangy citrus meringue and Malabar Marshmallow.
The overall experience was quite enjoyable and the room was incredible! The toilets were just as you imagine from every single instagram photo you see! They are futuristic, they have French maids and well they are basically giant eggs. The toilets are also the ultimate selfie.
The price was £41 but my friends kindly gifted this afternoon tea for my birthday.
I’m wouldn’t recommend Sketch as an afternoon tea destination as the food just wasn’t up to scratch for me, especially because I’ve been to several afternoon teas in London that were better. The bread was definitely a bit stale and the scones just spoilt it for me. But the building, the famous pink room and those toilets are well worth a look! Plus it I had a lovely afternoon with my girlfriends.
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