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Dubonnet & Gin tea at Sketch

When you visit Sketch you come out talking about two things: the eccentric design and the loos!
I'll elaborate.

If you have been looking for a special place to have afternoon tea in London, you must have noticed Sketch featuring in the top-ten lists. Truth be told, I was a bit in doubt when my friend said she'd booked us a table for a girlie afternoon tea. I remember visiting six years ago for dinner and being a bit disappointed because the food did not measure up to the interesting decoration and design.

So, after you pass the "bloody" staircase - no I'm not swearing, it is actually freaky - you get to the domed gallery downstairs. The room was buzzing on Saturday afternoon, mainly with girlfriends nesting around cakes, tea and cocktails. We did giggle over the fact that the very few boys in the room must have been whacked with a bat over the head and dragged to have tea by their girlfriends... naughty!

I loved the table we were sat at; it reminded me of a wonky chessboard, straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Drinks of choice: vanilla tea, a very subtle and fragrant black tea option and Dubonnet & Gin cocktail, strong and full of attitude, to honour the Queen's favourite drink! Here lies the dilemma, what to drink first? sweet and flavoursome tea or strong and invigorating gin cocktail?

Cakes, pastries and sandwiches certainly made an impressive entrance:

Cucumber sandwich with asparagus,

buttery croque monsieur wrapped in parchment paper,

egg sandwich topped with quail egg and caviar,

and finally salmon blinis.

I did enjoy unwrapping the little yummy croque monsieur parcel!

We found the miniature pastries a bit too sweet, but there were loads of them:

chocolate cake, raspberry macaroons, Coffee éclair...and a shot-glass of deconstructed cheesecake.

Not to forget the customary fluffy scone with rich clotted cream and jam! Needless to say we couldn't finish it off but we agreed that we could have had more of the salty treats.

Now, as promised: the loos...well, think dinosaur egg nest and you are half way there!

Each cubicle looks like an egg and I imagine trying to find your way around them when you are a bit tipsy could be a slightly confusing experience.

What is weird is that once you close the door there are very realistic swamp sounds in the background, so much so that I was convinced that I would see little toads hopping around my feet next.

Funny thought: girls posing for pictures with the cubicles, I wonder...did they realise they were really hugging the loo? x


  1. I've never been there but I've seen so many people taking pictures of the loos there, it's crazy!

    Seems like a very unique place though x

  2. It is unique indeed and always buzzing with people! Ps: fixing hair and make up to pose next to the loo...priceless! x


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