Sketch (The Gallery)
“Stunning design-led setting for upmarket brasserie dining” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Mayfair is full of elegant Georgian townhouses, but few, if any of them, are as unexpected within as this Grade II listed example. All the venues at Sketch are unusual in terms of their interior design, and The Gallery is no exception. Designer Indira Mahdavi has conjured a setting for afternoon tea and dinner that is a gift for selfie-takers and Instagrammers, with its astonishing glazed cupola roof and extreme pinkness, it’s thrillingly, splendidly camp and effortlessly glamorous. Artist David Shrigley’s (he also designed the crockery) cartoonish works line the walls and the barrel chairs and banquettes are reminiscent of big, squishy sponge fingers. It’s difficult to do justice to the place in mere words. Pierre Gagnaire’s food is as vibrant and entertaining as the setting, exuberantly creative and playful, and although it’s been described as ‘hilariously expensive’ and accompanied by a live DJ, the modern French/European menus, which change every two months, demonstrate an endless stream of inventive, technically accomplished brasserie dishes. The a la carte offers a choice of hot or cold starter – witness, perhaps, a fruit and summer vegetable tartare, or poached salmon and baby Jersey Royal potato salad (cold) or haddock and scallop souffle, cabbage fondue and horseradish beurre blanc, or green asparagus tips with pistachio, morels a la crème and pearl onions (hot). You might move on to spatchcocked Caldicott Farm chicken breast, with tagliatelle of courgette and mint, and diable sauce, or Irish lamb saddle, with crunchy kale and chickpea-flour socca. These are precisely conceived, intelligently constructed dishes, and the dessert menu is a riot of equally precise and beautiful options, from pavlova, with raspberry jam, vanilla ice cream, strawberry and fudge, to the olive oil dacquoise – creamed rosemary olive oil, black olive confit and sweetened rocket salad. The wine list is a tour de force of thoroughbred bottles perfectly selected to enhance the food.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 126
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Dinner served from: 6.30pm
- Dinner served until: 11
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 40
- Cuisine style: Modern European
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About the area
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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