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What is sketch? Is it a historic architectural example of a Georgian townhouse in the London’s exclusive Mayfair district? Is it a sophisticated and luxurious Michelin-starred food temple?

What is sketch? Is it a historic architectural example of a Georgian townhouse in the London’s exclusive Mayfair district? Is it a sophisticated and luxurious Michelin-starred food temple? Is it an audacious art gallery that periodically changes its setting and artworks, each time by a different but equally prestigious artist? Is it a traditional and aristocratic London private club? Or is it a charming English breakfast and tea house? Never mind… why have less if you can have it all? Art, design, architecture, food, drink, and fashion: sketch brings together everything SEEN loves.
The Gallery, a vibrant gastro-brasserie, is sketch’s artist-conceived less formal of its two main dining experiences. Following the huge success of Martin Creed’s commission in 2012, Turner prize winner David Shrigley is the latest British artist chosen to exhibit his strange, funny and often satirical child-like drawings.
The backdrop for Shrigley’s 239 drawings is a bold set designed by Paris-based architect and designer India Mahdavi. She conceived a soothing, monochromatic atmosphere set off by the intensity of the powder-pink colour of the walls, and on the custom-made Bibendum-like bulbous chairs and curvaceous matching banquettes, upholstered in cotton velvet.

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This classic, almost bourgeois setting acts as a playful contrast to the amusing, raw and outré Shrigley drawings lining the restaurant’s (of course, pink) walls. The floor is covered by chevron-patterned and multi-coloured tiles, which reminded us of the striking marble floor of Celine store on Mount St.
The dining tables serve also as an exhibition space to display Shrigley’s new ceramic tableware, featuring his distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food.
The Gallery
Gastro-Brasserie
Dinner: 6:30pm – 2am (Mon-Sat), 6:00pm – 12am (Sun)
Afternoon Tea: 12:30pm – 4:30pm (Mon-Sun)

David Shrigley at sketch from sketch on Vimeo.

The Lecture Room and Library is a gourmet restaurant located upstairs in a beautiful and distinctly grand space, flooded with light from a glass-ceilinged dome. It has opulent décor, with thick carpets and well-spaced tables dressed with high quality white linen. Created by leading interior designer Gahban O’Keeffe, it provides a spacious and relaxing atmosphere in line with a spectacular Michelin two-star menu and really top-notch service.
The food is artfully presented and served in elaborate dishes that provide many varieties of flavours and textures. The fascinating wine list recently obtained a ‘Best Award for Excellence’ by the Wine Spectator and AA Guide’s ‘Best UK Wine List’.
Booking is essential and gentlemen are required to wear a smart jacket for lunch and dinner. Ties are optional, smart jeans are allowed but strictly no trainers or shorts.
The Lecture Room & Library
A sophisticated, exclusive & luxurious Michelin star dining room.
12pm – 2.15pm (Tues-Fri), 7pm – 11pm (Tues-Sat)

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Other venues at sketch are the Parlour, the Glade and the East Bar, all located on the ground floor.
The Parlour is a restaurant and bar reserved for sketch members, as well as hosting club nights and private events at night. The rest of the day, it’s a stylish venue offering a range of menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and an all-day menu of comfort food. It also features a patisserie counter alongside a selection of specialty teas, coffees and cocktails. The décor is an eclectic mix of pinks, oranges and dogtooth prints in 60 different fabrics and crushed velvet, together with Victorian and Louis XV sofas and chairs.
The Parlour
Available all day from Breakfast to evening cocktails
8am – 2am (Mon-Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat) & 10am – 12am (Sun)

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Artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu designed the Glade at sketch, where they have created a découpage forest. Taking inspiration from early 20th century stationery, they re-painted, enlarged and reversed the design, printing it onto hundreds of metres of paper. Each piece is hand-cut and découpaged to the walls. It’s an ideal setting for breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day comfort food and evening cocktails, while diners relax on delicate South of France rattan furniture from the 50s.
The Glade
Breakfast, afternoon tea, comfort food and evening cocktails
12:30pm – 2am (Mon-Sat), 12:30pm – 12am (Sun) with breakfast from 10am (Sat-Sun)

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The East Bar, with its white leather walls, is an ultra-modern bar and lounge created by Mourad Mazouz and French designer Noé Douchafour-Lawence. It offers an intimate, stylish space for sketch diners to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Much attention has been paid to detail here, especially to the spectacular lighting.
The East Bar
Evening bar & pre-dining drinks
6.30pm – 2am (Mon-Sat), Live DJs from 10.30pm (Wed-Sat)

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Sketch is owned by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and three Michelin starred Parisian chef Pierre Gagnaire. Behind the stoves is Romain Chapel, who took over from Jean Denis LeBras in 2012. Romain is the son of legendary chef Alain Chapel, whose restaurant held three stars for many years.

It’s located on London’s Conduit Street, in the heart of Mayfair in a building designed by James Wyatt in 1779. The house had previously hosted the Royal Institute of British Architects’ HQ and later, Christian Dior’s London Atelier.

A last tip: don’t forget to check out sketch’s cool cocoon-like toilets!

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9 conduit street
london w1s 2xg
reservation and enquiries:
+44 (0) 20 7659 4500
for general information: info@sketch.london
sketch.london

Credits

  • Text Carmen Espinosa
  • Images by sketch.london

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