Sketch (Lecture Room & Library)

“Polished service and fabulous setting for complex, innovative cooking” - AA Inspector

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LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS

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This Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in Mayfair might look sensible and sober from the outside, but once through the door you’re in for a treat for all the senses. A jaw-dropping interplay between food and design, the interior’s outrageously lavish colour scheme, a joyfully theatrical explosion of pink, orange and gold. It's a suitably unforgettable spot for some ground-breaking cuisine. The effortlessly polished service is exemplary, and the cooking is innovative, provocative and skilful, overseen by Pierre Gagnaire and produced by head chef Johannes Nuding. There’s a six-course tasting menu, with a vegetarian version also available, or you can go à la carte. The menu descriptions may be lengthy but the complexity they hint at is just that, a clue to the thrilling rollercoaster of extravagance and delight you’re about to experience. A plethora of small plates will bring you more ingredients, concepts and techniques than you could dream of. It’s breathtaking, a clear demonstration of a chef and brigade at the very top of their game. You might begin with Middle White pork shoulder gyoza, chargrilled Hispi cabbage chiffonade, gratin of Shetland mussel, braised Eric Roy’s carrot, green panko fennel salad, herb sorbet, yellow and white peach marmalade, Tiger aubergine ‘stiletto’ with home-made focaccia. For your main, maybe slices of Irish beef bavette, Gubbeen cheese, jus infused with marjoram, celeriac cream with foie gras, sherry glazed radishes, millefeuille of Maris Piper potato with seaweed and nutmeg. Vegetarians could look to choosing asparagus ice cream, chopped rocket salad, Sicilian olive oil, tomato jam infused with rosemary, lemon gel, tempura of artichokes, green gnocchi, 36-month aged parmesan cream and spring onion. Chocolate soufflé may sound simple but involves a similar list of techniques and ingredients; the 25 minutes waiting time will give you a chance to recover from the intensity of your meal so far.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
Sketch (Lecture Room & Library)
9 Conduit Street,LONDON,W1S 2XG

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Steps for wheelchair: 32
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 21 August to 11 September, 25 December, 1–11 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 864
  • Wines by the glass: 113
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover London

The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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