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Sketch, London

The dream of launching a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music has been realised by Mourad “Momo” Mazouz and his team of chefs and designers over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London.

“I want a room,” thought he, ” to rest.” “Certainly my dear,” he was told, “you have a choice of eight.” “You lie,” said he… on counting he saw only six. “Ah yes, but eight rhymes with cake.” “Okay,” said he, “what shall I find?” “Well,” said the voice, “if you are very hungry and have coins in your pocket, ascend the stairs and you will find a dining hall of such magnificence, it will so take your breath away that your face will be a certain hue.” “Gosh,” thought he, checking his pockets and his complexion in a mirror, “what else do you have?” “There is a bar ranked with chairs of every discernable shape… one is bound to suit… and gentlemen behind the bar who will mix a beverage so fair to help sooth the most pained head.”As the man savoured, and savoured some more, the voice again came to his head: “there is a gallery of projected art in a room so clean and rare while the sun is up, which at night, at 7, becomes a brasserie of light. Food of all kinds passes the table where you sit, to be picked and chosen for your heart’s desire. As the midnight hour approaches, tables and chairs are brushed away to allow movement and dance that comes when music infuses the room. Come, sir, another night in the same image you would not see.” As the man’s thoughts wandered in and out of his head, one trickled out of his ear, never to be thought again. “Do you like cakes?” “Well, yes I do.” “Well,” said the voice, “there is a fine tea room, too.” “What is this place?” “All I wish,” said the voice, “is that you arrive with an open mind and imagine, if you will, a painting that never dries.”
In the Parlour with the Girls ❤

Sketch is a “complex and unique site” conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz, and has attracted unprecedented media reaction for its myriad food, drink and entertainment styles since it opened in December 2002. The food is imaginative, bold, groundbreaking and delicious.

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And I can vouch for that, although only eating there once so far – once has been enough to be able to explain to you the degree of how the artistic background of the upcoming of this venue has been translated even into the food that is made, and the kind of service that you would get. Being just off  Oxford street it is a great place to catch up with friends before diverging elsewhere – (usual destination: Tape London)

There are many different rooms which have different general uses:

“Clean artwork is good artwork.”

The Gallery

Open for afternoon tea and dinner this room follows the huge success of artist Martin Creed’s restaurant commission at sketch in 2012. 239 new works line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited.

It has a soothing, monochromatic, strikingly comprehensive interior. The classic, almost bourgeois design invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works; all is most certainly not what it seems. While matching sketch’s delight in the avant-garde, this harmonious disorder breaks with the Gallery’s usual eclecticism.

As you pass through the gallery, you are welcomed to the well-loved and famous bathroom ( or should I say alien-looking ports-pods – like something straight out of The Arrival ) of Sketch. To the left of the stairs are the male, and to the right are the female and in the middle is a dome-shaped cave that has a small ( but surprisingly big once you enter ) DJ booth.

“Sorry, could you take a picture of us please!”

The Lecture Room

Ascend the stairs to the Lecture Room & Library, sketch’s two Michelin starred gastronomic restaurant.
Created by leading Interior Designer Gahban O’Keeffe providing a spacious and relaxing atmosphere, all ‘tasting’ and ‘a la carte’ menus are devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, offering a unique breadth of ingredients and a complexity of combinations. The extensive and acclaimed wine list was awarded ‘Best Award for Excellence’ by the Wine Spectator and AA Guide’s ‘Best UK Wine List’.

The Parlour

From day-to-day the Parlour is home to the finest delicacies of the sketch chefs. Lounge on a variety of Louis XV seating in the quirky and eccentric patisserie, restaurant and bar from breakfast, through comfort food and afternoon tea for up to six persons until the last drink before home. The Parlour turns into a cocktail bar from 6pm to 2am (Members only from 9pm).

The Glade

My Absolute. Favourite. Seriously, the best interiors I have seen in London (so far). It’s like art work from God integrated into the walls that are dimmed down with amazingly spot-lit lights and fluttering reflective mirrors. Pure Bliss.

“The magic surrounding this woodland bar, provides an ideal setting for afternoon tea, comfort food and evening cocktails.”

Artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu, have created an enchanted fairy-tale forest. For The Glade at sketch, they have created a découpage forest which appears like something half-remembered and yet completely contemporary. Taking inspiration from early c20th stationery, they re-painted, enlarged and reversed the design, printing it onto hundreds of metres of paper. Each piece is handcut, and découpaged to the walls. In this forest, delicate 50s rattan furniture, from the South of France, creates a startlingly modern fairy-tale romance. 

The East Bar

An ultra modern bar and lounge created by Mourad Mazouz & acclaimed designer Noe Douchafour Lawence, the East Bar is an intimate, stylish space for sketch diners to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail.

***So basically a bunch of artistically decorated spaces with posh people inside

Come along and enjoy these luxury interiors and its amazing toilet experience (lol) that you won’t forget – and you’ll no longer say #SketchMadeMeDoIt because you’ll want to come  back. You will.

Located at Sketch, 9 conduit street, London W1S 2XG And for reservations, call +44 (0) 20 7659 4500




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Eni Maj

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