| S K E T C H |
Sketch, Mayfair, 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.
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 amazing food, drinks and entertainment styles since it opened in December 2002. The food is imaginative, bold, ground–breaking and delicious. And I can definitely vouch for that!
To me, it is probably one of the most amazing restaurant venues I have ever been to… internally and externally. And not just only for drinks – the music, aura, people, drinks and even its centralised location all add to why I have been to Sketch more times than I can count.
Eating here just 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 afterwards: Tape London) but it is super central and very easy to find.
Usually they work on a reservation basis (it is very difficult to eat there without one, especially on the weekends), but there is the initial lounge/bar when you first enter that you can go to without a reservation as long as you are just going for drinks.
There are many different rooms which have different general uses:
“Clean artwork is good artwork.” – Sketch.
| 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.
This leads onto the famous | Bathroom |
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. We definitely had our fun in here!
“Sorry, could you take a picture of us please!” – Eni, always.
| The Lecture Room |
When you go up the stairs from the entrance, you enter into the Lecture Room (and Library). These are one of Sketch’s two Michelin starred gastronomic restaurants.
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’.
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).
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.
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