Afternoon tea at Sketch.


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O N E   F I N A L   C H R I S T M A S   T R E A T . . .

One thing that my family and I always wish we had more of is quality time together. With there being an eight year age difference between my sister and I, and the fact that I moved out of our family home more than four years ago now when she was only 13, it often feels as though our lives are on two very different timelines!

Instead of buying my Mum and sister each a stocking full of bits and pieces this Christmas, I decided that it might be fun for us to spend the afternoon together in London indulging in our shared favourite pastime- eating afternoon tea!

And so it was that a table for three was booked in Sketch’s Gallery restaurant, at 2.30pm on the 3rd of January…

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My Mum and I had been to Sketch for tea years and years ago, in the little tearoom right at the front of the building, but despite having seen the famous pink Gallery in approximately 5 million Instagram photos, I’d never made it there before!

The room itself more than lived up to expectation…


First on the menu came the selection of teas- English Breakfast, ceylon and rose, silver needle, rosebud, and peppermint tea. I loved the delicate tasting ceylon, but Mum was adamant that the silver needle was the star of the show.

The chinaware is part of what makes Sketch so fun- the shapes are all slightly unusual and have words or phrases on them like ‘dreams’ ‘ghost’ and ‘forget about it’.

I fell in love with those sweet tea cups!

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The main event, those heavily laden cake stands, arrived, and we got stuck in.

There was so much to choose from, it was hard to know where to begin! We ate basil and fennel  and cream cheese and smoked salmon flatbreads, miniature grilled Comte cheese, coronation chicken, and ricotta and cucumber sandwiches.


The sweet things followed next- lemon and passionfruit tarts (the best thing we ate all day!), pineapple cake, mini blackcurrant cheesecakes, and, of course, the obligatory scones with jam and clotted cream.

Pot after pot of tea arrived as we ate, and eat we did! In fact, by the end of the meal we all were full to bursting, and I was so very glad I’d happened to wear a pair of trousers that’re a good couple of inches too big for me around the waist!

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As we whiled away the afternoon, sipping from our teacups and spooning generous quantities of jam onto our scones, we chatted about the past few years of our lives, and the ones ahead too.

About time spent feeling frustrated and cooped up at university, about the exciting summer just gone, about weddings and birthdays and families, and what the future might hold for each of us.

It felt so peaceful and civilised, and the nicest way to wrap up the Christmas season ahead of this first working week of January.

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  • QueenBeady

    The lemon and passion fruit tarts sound like my idea of heaven, I look quite sour/tart tasting things so it would be perfect. I’d love to go to Sketch, I think my sister would love it to, but we are just so far away.
    Bee |

  • Laura

    Beautiful photos! I’m desperate to go to Sketch! It’s now firmly on the to-do list this year. x

  • emily couture

    Such stunning photos :)

    emily xx

  • Imogen H

    What a lovely idea! I can imagine that your sister looks up to you a lot because you’re that much older, and so being treated to something like this which she probably can’t afford at that age must be really special! Looks like you had a fantastic time!

    Imogen //

  • Allie

    What a lovely gift idea. Sketch is so beautiful, I must visit!

    Allie | Rush + Teal

  • Mimmi

    This looks like such a fun and original afternoon tea! It looks like such a treat. It really seems like you all had a lovely time!

    Mimmi xx

    Muted Mornings

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I love sketch! Their artworks is so unique but funny at the same time. And the restroom?! Super cute x

  • Lizzie Woodman

    How lovely this looks! I need to do this with my mum and sister, thanks for the inspiration x

  • Courtney

    Sketch looks like an absolutely lovely place for afternoon tea! I love all of the pink!!

  • Jordan1414

    What a lovely idea to spend an afternoon having a sumptious tea! Also worth taking a look at for innovative and affordable sound and vision equipment – make great gifts.

  • Leanne Rayment

    Looks lovely! I’ve wanted to visit Sketch for so long. Hopefully I can finally visit it this year!

  • Jasmin Charlotte

    I loved visiting Sketch, the room really is gorgeous and it’s an awesome pressie! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Samantha @ Samantha Rose Says

    What a neat little tea spot! I would love to visit one day. You always go to the cutest places!

  • reneejessome

    How adorable is that place!!

    Renee | Lose the Road

  • petitepea2011

    This is on my bucket list of places to visit and eat at!

  • Sophie (Sophie Loves Food)

    I love afternoon tea at sketch. These photos are just as gorgeous as I remember it x

  • Andrea Petersen

    I love afternoon tea and would love to try out Sketch’s offering – the Pink room is so cool! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

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