Okay, so my blogger dreams came true. Honestly, I popped Sketch* over an email expressing how damn desperate I was to get into Sketch and create come content for you lovely kittens to have a gander at. Low and behold, they actually replied. Yup, I’m still kind of in shock… Trust me when I say, Sketch is everything you imagined it to be and more.
The entrance to Sketch is an unassuming door with an unremarkable sign – The “Sketch Experience” begins the moment you step through the door. In my haste to fill my tummy up with the wonders of the Sketch kitchen, I totally forgot to pap the route to the dining rooms. However, they are definitely a spectacle. From twirling metal sculptures suspended from the ceiling, to a simple hop scotch design painted onto the concrete slaps beneath you – the experience is a completely new one.
We then walked straight ahead, as directed by the lovely doorman, towards the cloakroom – where they insist on taking anything bulking or unsightly (any shopping or backpacks etc) free-of-charge. I can definitely see why they do this, it allows the experience to be much less cluttered and would you really want to be lugging your Oxford Street shopping around with ya in Sketch?! Hell no.
Leading on from the cloakroom area are the dining areas, the lesser known The Glade to the left, and the famous Gallery to the right. Separated only by two swing doors and a glowing pink, self-playing piano.
Onwards, into The Glade, we found our seats – which was a large sofa-style seating area in the centre of the room opposite the bar area. The bar area itself was mesmerising, with glowing mismatched bottles and concoctions adorning the walls. If you have a peek upwards, there are also constantly rotating mirrored disks, reflecting light (and quite possibly areas of the room you can’t obviously see) your way.
A short glance at the floor, and I noticed that Sketch had every detail ticked off the list – the carpet resembled overgrown grass! Everything tied in effortlessly, from the details on the back of the chairs to the matching Victorian-esque wallpaper. The whole room has an enchanted feel to it, and I felt whisked away from the somewhat droning hubbub of central London into a place of splendour.
As we were at Sketch quite early at about 11am, we decided to opt-out of cocktails and go for a little more morning appropriate latte & cappuccino duo. Didn’t stop the two lovely ladies sitting next to us who were celebrating a birthday and had already cracked open a bottle of bubble to celebrate at Sketch, if anything I was a little bit jealous. If I didn’t have to rush off to get a whole day of blogger-y stuff done I definitely would have settled down with a cocktail or two!
Onto the brunch >>> We recieved plenty of recommendations from the fab staff at Sketch, and decided to go for a variety of dishes to munch on. I opted to start with the Creamy Soup of Petits Pois With Lemon Verbena Soya Milk Mousse it came as a thick mint-green coloured liquid which the server then poured over the lemon mousse (more liquidy than the mousse you’re imagining). You can then choose to mix them together or enjoy them bit-by-bit.
To continue, I opted for the server’s recommendation – 9 Conduit Street Black Croque – which is very much like Sketch’s take on the Croque Monsieur. The bread is infused in some way with squid in leaving a distinct black tint and intense flavour within the dish. The roasted cherry toms on top brought a tart edge to the croque, and the cheese was perfectly melty – nom!
Alix decided on the classic Sketch brunch dish – Two Poached Eggs w/ Asparagus, Creamed Veloute, and Smoked Salmon – which came with the weirdest sauce I’ve honestly ever seen. Weird or not, it was bloomin’ tasty so I wouldn’t judge a sauce by it’s colour so to speak! We ordered a side of Rosemary Foccacia (another recommendation) which was perfectly baked and springy to the touch, oh and ideal to dip into the thick green sauce. I couldn’t possibly go to Sketch without trying thr famous Sketchup, am I right? Hell yeah, it was just as good as I imagined. The Sketchup is made from beetroot and is sweetened n a unique way, leaving you with a really robust ketchup.
After we finished brunch in The Glade, I went for a little wonder around The Gallery and obvz, the notoriously awesome Sketch loo’s. Apologies for the selfie spam but when in Sketch, huh? The Gallery was just as beautiful as I had imagined. Dusty pink, and effortlessly chic- the Gallery is definitely a room to grab an IG shot in but it was a fair bit bigger and a fair bit busier than The Glade – so that’s worth considering when planning a trip to Sketch and choosing a room to dine in!
Apres our return to the table, we were offered a menu of Homemade Patisseries to choose from. When it comes to cake, there’s always a hard decision to make, right? We decided to choose two and shade a little of both since we were quite full from the main brunch meal – the Fraisier and Lemon Love went down a treat. The Fraisier was filled with almond paste and juicy fresh strawberries, and the Lemon Love provided a citrus kick that one needs after a very rich, flavoursome meal.
My experience at Sketch was just that, an experience. This definitely a brunch to share with your mum, sister, friend, a catchup, a birthday, or just to treat yourself – Sketch is a unique world you enter as soon as you walk through the door. Hope to see you again soon, Sketch!
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*I was gifted this experience, however all thoughts and opinions are my own*