I am slowly going through my list of the best afternoon teas in London. Previously, I tried an excellent Traditional Afternoon Tea at Ritz which was a fantastic experience.
This time I went for something less traditional and more contemporary. The afternoon tea at Sketch.
The Sketch is well known for its unique interior design in all shades of pink. Even if pink is not my favorite color, I have to admit that the interior at Sketch is very well designed and interestingly quirky which makes the afternoon tea experience very different.
Toilets aren’t usually the thing you focus the most when talking about the interior of restaurants. But the first thing about Sketch you will probably find around the internet, are photos of their futuristic, space pods like toilets. The toilet room is something super unique at Sketch and makes you want to order one more tea so you can go for number one at least one more time.
Impressive interior, live music, and comfortable pink seating make the afternoon tea at Sketch a very relaxing experience. Because space is much bigger than at the Ritz, keeping a private conversation was much easier, and I felt less pressured to leave after two hours.
Sandwiches - they were outstanding, although I prefer a more traditional variation of afternoon tea sandwiches.
Tea - They have a great selection of teas. I tried different types as you can order as many as you want. One of the recommended ones on the internet is the Vanilla Black tea. I can confirm that it is an excellent choice.
Scones - I was a little bit disappointed with scones at Sketch afternoon tea as they were a little bit too dry for me. The secret to the scones is that they are really moist.
Cakes - Good cakes from quality ingredients. However, when I got the Victoria sponge cake at the end, I was already craving for something less fruity and more chocolaty. It would be nicer to be able to choose the trolley cake from two different options.
Dress code - Dress code was less strict than in the Ritz. It could work well for tourists, and especially men, as you don’t need to carry your suit just for this one occasion.
Price - sketch Classic Afternoon Tea, £58 per person, with service charge it was £65.75 pp.
I liked the very relaxing atmosphere with live music and super comfortable seats at Sketch. The whole pink interior is nicely designed, and it works well for girls birthday parties and romantic dates.
However, I wasn't as excited about the food and desserts. With food and the same price, the afternoon tea at the Ritz wins.
Traditional afternoon tea at the Ritz:
Short video: https://youtu.be/y_QK5b51C34
David Cutter - On-Off - https://dcuttermusic.bandcamp.com/
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