The women in our family love a good Afternoon Tea. The whole aesthetic of being in a beautiful environment, dressed elegantly and nibbling at dainty food – it’s become something of a celebratory tradition and one that I fully intend to carry forward with my own daughter.
The first time I felt Adelyn kick, whilst I was 5 months pregnant, was during Afternoon Tea with my aunts, Grandma and Mum – and after our experience at Sketch, I’m pretty sure she’ll happily join me in future.
(Also just want to clarify that this isn’t a sponsored post!)
Environment – stunning from the moment we walked in to the building. I don’t want to spoil anything, should you be about to head there, but yes it was suitably festive given the seasonal theme of “The Night Before Christmas”.
We loved sitting in the Gallery; muted pinks and copper/rose gold metallics – like something straight out of a Wes Anderson film.
There are a number of stairs to go down into the area where the Glade and the Gallery are situated. I had Adelyn in the carrier though so this wasn’t an issue, but I believe there is a lift somewhere (please reach out if you know)
Facilities – fold-down changing table available in the disabled loo, kept immaculately clean. Should you need to change your little one you may need to let one of the team know as it’s a little hidden away.
High Chair – A sturdy wooden number, with a table attached and a harness belt. We let them know in advance that we were bringing a baby, so they had the high chair set up for us already.
The Food – definitely on the pricier end of the London Afternoon Tea spectrum at £50 a head, £66 if you’re pushing the boat out to have the Rosé Champers with your Tea.
The Christmas theme wasn’t overtly apparent in the spread, no turkey or mince pies here, but there are quirky glimmers of festiveness in your surroundings. Perhaps a nod to it in the light and zingy Mandarin & Cinnamon Cheesecake and the Christmas Chai.
The Tea selection is modest but has enough range from Jing to keep things interesting.
We really enjoyed the finger sandwiches, generously filled and not just slapped between boring bread. I gave Adelyn her first taste of Croque Monsieur (wanted seconds) and Coronation Chicken (spat out).
The fruit scones were springy and not too dry. Perhaps a little shy on the clotted cream – loved the fig jam.
The Petits Gateaux (of which there are five) were sumptuous but proportioned so as to not be overwhelmingly rich, thankfully.
You get a choice between a cheeky slice of fruit or chocolate Battenberg cake to round off your Tea too – you definitely won’t leave hungry.
I went in expecting Sketch to be a place to be seen in and therefore perhaps pretentious – but my mum and I were delighted as we found that it was a very welcoming and family-friendly place. Adelyn was the youngest, but we saw other children sitting down for Tea too so we didn’t feel out of place.
The team were so accommodating and cooed over Adelyn. To top it off, she received a lovely surprise and was given her very own Sketch teddy bear – a lovely souvenir from her first Afternoon Tea.
The only let down for the afternoon was the staff member who was on the cloakroom – I asked her if she could help us take a nice photo by the display there and she just said “No I don’t do that” and turned away – which was astonishingly rude given that there were no other patrons around. A shame that we ended our visit on that note!
Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and hope to return again someday, perhaps with a selfie stick in tow…