Walking into Sketch is like falling through the looking glass. This smart London townhouse just off Regent Street is known for its avant garde interiors and whimsical take on fine dining, so if you're looking for somewhere for a special occasion, or just a little out of the ordinary, it's a great choice.
While Sketch stretches across three floors and is comprises a myriad of rooms, The Glade's enchanted forest design is certainly very special. Located in the belly of the venue, a rich, velvet curtain must be drawn back to enter and once you do, it's like entering a fairytale land. Walls are covered in twirling botanicals, underfoot uneven moss-like carpet is squishes under each tread, and often an installation of dried flowers hangs overhead. There's even a light show of sorts, with purple and green spotlights flickering and twinkling like dappled sunlight through tree branches.
Though it might not sound it, The Glade is one of the more casual dining spaces at Sketch as its food service is only open for breakfast or lunch, with evening drinks also available. Tables are paired with velvet, antique-style chairs and gathered in small groups for six or less.
On the breakfast menu you'll find nods to the classics including scrambled eggs, served with feta cheese and fried mushrooms, as well as waffles laden with chantilly cream, and an acai bowl with granola and yogurt. Lunch often takes on a theme, which at the moment is 'sea and shore'. With a focus on the best of British produce and seafood, this set menu offers two or three courses, with dishes such as prawn tortellone and bisque consomme, alongside crunchy scallops with spinach velvety soup and eton mess with lime meringue, strawberry ganache and strawberry sorbet.
And, in the twilight hours, the talented bar staff are able to mix up all manner of interesting cocktails, as well as serve a well-curated wine list and range of champagnes.