When in London, I wanted to find a unique experience beyond just going to Big Ben and London Eye. And it’s settled, Sketch London is one of the best stylish and quirky restaurants you can experience in town. Sketch is a place designed by David Shriney where he has transformed the gallery onto an artist-conceived restaurants. It’s basically a french restaurant where you can have daytime tea room and night time cocktails.
As I entered the building, the waiters and waitress greeted me kindly and gave clear directions to the gallery. The restaurant’s entrance itself was a big dark yet quirky.
Once you’ll step into this restaurant, you’ll see different rooms, each with different interior and various atmosphere. The rooms are all decorated in their own little worlds.
This was personal favorite—the elegant & chic pink room! I was taken by the kind waitress here for dinner. The atmosphere were made to be a bit darker for dinner, yet it still captured chic pink atmosphere. In this room, you can either sit on the bar or on the tables.
Here I am, ironically sitting by myself. Before this picture was taken there is actually a couple having a fancy dinner right beside me, suddenly reminded me of a dinner scene in Gossip Girl TV show. Not to mention made me feel #ForeverAlone since I may the one coming by myself at that room lol! But still, the design of this place still lets me enjoy the night regardless the fact that I’m coming alone (or actually accompanied, by my camera!)
Did you see what’s adorning around the restaurant’s wall? It’s David Shrigley’s 239 artworks.
Toilet or Capsule to Mars?
You’ll never fall in love with any toilet other than this one! The quirky toilet feels like a capsule that’s ready to send you out to Mars. I never seen anything decorated as quirky, elegant and pretty as this. When I went to there, indeed the people I met spent the time 20% going to the toilet and 80% doing selfie. Well, how couldn’t you?
Some people said that earlier this year when it’s Easter, these toilet turned into duck eggs that quacked when you go inside.
To visit the restaurant, since they are full of reservations, you need to book your table first in http://www.sketch.london/. FYI you will need to input your credit card as a guarantee. If you don’t show up on D-Day, they will charge your credit card as much as £30. So, pick your time wisely!
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Sketch is located near to the Oxford Circus tube station. If you arrive from that station you can just walk for around 5-10 minutes.
Best time to come: I think what differentiates the atmosphere will be trying out on different rooms. The menu may slightly differ as well when you come during Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea or Dinner. It’s more of a taste, but most people said that it’s best to come for the afternoon tea.
Budget: I have to admit it’s a pricey french restaurant. Expect to pay between £20-£40 for a main course. Cocktails starting from £13.50. Note that a 12% service charge is automatically added to your bill and you have a minimum spend for the table. If you’d want to go for a less budget, I’d recommend you to book times during afternoon tea where you don’t have to buy a main course.