Holiday Afternoon Tea At Sketch

Sketch London December 2018

In London there are few things more delicious than afternoon tea at Sketch.

This quirky, 18th century townhouse tea room is easily one of the most memorable experiences you'll have in all of London. After my first visit in 2016, I dreamed constantly about my experience -- the fluffy scones, Michelin-starred nibbles, aromatic teas, and the insanely inspiring creative space you enjoy them in.

(Spoiler: it's served in an ALL pink room)

So when my family made it back to London for some Christmas shopping, we couldn't stop ourselves from making a reservation at Sketch.

Holiday Afternoon Tea At Sketch


Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Decor

Everyone knows Sketch for its incredible decor. This space is an artist's playground with visual enticements in every nook and cranny.

And while there are many beautiful spaces within the Sketch townhouse, none are more breath-taking than the powder pink Parlour Room where afternoon tea is served.

(And none more Instagrammable)

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London December 2018

Sketch London December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Bathrooms

My favorite part!

Don't be fooled by the powder pink tea room -- while it deserves unending praise for it's creativity and sheer beauty, no visit to Sketch could possibly be complete without a visit to their famous bathroom.

This wacky unisex bathroom is full of egg shaped pods that'll make you feel like you're preparing for space travel as opposed to... well, you know. And for the Christmas season they received an extra-special festive make-over which had everyone grinning from ear-to-ear.

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Food

When it comes to afternoon tea, the food can often be a disappointment:

Dry sandwiches, crumbly uninspired scones, almost inedible cakes...

But not at Sketch.

Both times I've had afternoon tea here, the food has blown me away with it's quality and diversity. And this year's special holiday tea menu was especially unique!

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Sandwiches

Salmon & Jacob's Cream (our favorite!)

Coronation Chicken

Cucumber & Ricotta

Foie Gras Tartelette (by far our least favorite)

Eggs Truffle Gougère

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Sweets

Blackcurrant Marshmallow

Sketch "Pim's Cake"

Exotic Fruit Cheesecake (ours was passionfruit... so heavenly!)

Four Spices & Orange Cake

Chocolate & Blackberry Cake

Pear & Ginger Yule Log From the Trolley

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Scones

Traditional & Sultana Scones

served with clotted cream,

strawberry & poppy jam,

& seasonal jam

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

The Tea

When you order afternoon tea at Sketch you have a wide variety of options to choose from but I almost always choose the British classic Earl Grey.

(Which pairs beautifully with the Pommery Brut Rosé champagne they serve!)

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

Sketch London Afternoon Tea December 2018

FINAL THOUGHTS...

Regardless of WHY I'm in London, I can't see myself ever visiting without a stop for afternoon tea at Sketch.

While I certainly have many more options to try still in London, Sketch will always hold a very special place in my heart. From the powder pink parlour room to the sci-fi-esque bathroom to the sheer volume of delicious nibbles you'll consume, Sketch is by far one of the most memorable experiences you can have for afternoon tea.

ANYWHERE.

Sketch London December 2018

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