Afternoon Tea at Sketch, London

Being British I absolutely love a good cup of tea. In fact, I consider a cup of Twining’s English Breakfast tea as one of my five a day. (Well alright then, it’s not exactly, but I maintain it’s still pretty important!) Naturally, I can think of no better treat than drinking a plethora of tea in accompaniment of a selection of teeny tiny cakes and snacks.
I mean, damn that situation is better than sex to most of us Brits!

My friend Meiji was visiting London from Hong Kong so I decided what better way to introduce her to something traditional and British than to make us reservations for Afternoon Tea at Sketch?

There is no shortage of Afternoon Tea joints in London but Sketch offers the ultimate girly afternoon out .

“We can sit in the Pink room!” I exclaimed with ecstatic glee as I made the reservation. As you see below, the “Pink room” or rather, the ‘David Shrigley Gallery’ is home to 239 quirky cartoons created by the British Designer and made a fabulous setting for the afternoon.

Image courtesy of Sketch, London

With prices starting from £45 a head, afternoon tea at Sketch can seem a little pricey at first, but well worth it considering the abundance of food you are presented with.

Out first came the pots of tea, the glasses of champagne and the three tiered cake stand with an array of tiny sandwiches, pastries, sweet treats and Panna Cottas.

The presentation was so lovely.. The Croque Monsieur came wrapped in paper and tied with a teeny tiny pink ribbon like a little cheesy present. You haven’t really tried Croque Monsieur until you’ve had a teeny tiny gift wrapped Croque Monsieur now have you?

[Side Note: exclaiming ” oh my WORD I just loveee Croque Monsieur” to your hunky waiter can be misheard and misinterpreted…]

Not only were the sandwiches and pastries delicious they were also refillable.. Refillable! All the gift wrapped Croque Monsieurs a girl can handle!


Next up were fresh, piping hot scones served with jam and clotted cream, followed by a hearty slab of cake. We were well and truly stuffed by the end of it all!

I think we were in Sketch almost three hours (!) drinking, chatting and working our way through all of the food. Unlike so many places in central London we didn’t feel rushed to finish our food: the staff were all really friendly and we loved sitting in the ambience of the David Shrigley room.

Sketch puts the class back into Afternoon Tea, and reminds us that it isn’t all old ladies and scones, but can be a glamorous affair in this stunning location just off Bond Street.

Then, just when you don’t think it can get any better, you visit the Sketch bathroom… But I’ll leave that one as a surprise for when you get there…

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High Heels & A Backpack always believes in total transparency when it comes to writing reviews. I am in no way affiliated with Sketch London, and I received no compensation towards my Afternoon Tea. All thoughts and opinions expressed throughout the article are my own – I just think that this place is fabulous and I wanted to share it with you guys!  

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