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Mar 30

Sketch, Conduit Street

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The madness of afternoon tea at Sketch only really becomes apparent when it comes to nipping to the loo. Other than that, behold the tea and cakes and dream of genies.

Sketch is an eccentric’s dream, with fashion house logos inside gilt frames and ornate, mismatched china to take the edge off the decadence of the delightful macaroons.

As you step through the doors of Sketch, just off Regent Street, hop scotch your way to the maitre d’ who will be pleased to seat you for lunch in the back section of this large townhouse, or to the right to the front parlour where tea and cakes are the order of the day.
 
We popped in for a quick afternoon tea and stayed for hours.
 
The stone chairs that look like they’ve been dragged through the wall are quirky and a real talking point. That’s the thing about Sketch; you’ll never be stunted conversation-wise as there’s rather a lot in the décor department that vies for your attention.
 
A visit to the loo is an extraordinary experience, and it’s not often you’ll catch me saying that. There is a large room at the back of Sketch that is simply loaded with ‘pods’. These pods wouldn’t look out of place in Alien or Mars Attacks. It’s a truly bonkers way to spend a few minutes.
But back to the most important matter, what is the afternoon tea like? Does it matter after all of that? Those of you that love your macaroons will not be disappointed. The absolutely yummy lemon and strawberry versions are particularly memorable.
 
And if you have room I recommend the chocolate cakes and alternative pastries which adorn the display cabinets. The waiting staff are casual but thoroughly explanatory when it comes to describing the different teas.
 
Top Tip: I’ve had the Jasmine Tea on a few occasions and pouring your own fragrant tea from an ornate pot is delightful experience. And I can’t say this enough: try the macaroons.

http://www.sketch.uk.com/   (where the madness continues)

Sketch,

9 Conduit Street

London, W1S 2XG 

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L.S.

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