By Lori on Jun 02 2014
Over the last two years there has been an explosion of afternoon teas around London. Each venue trying to stand out from the rest by modernising or offering something unique to the traditional past time.
We recently decided to try the afternoon tea at Sketch. Michelin star-awarded set in a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street.
When you go to arrange your booking, you are faced with the decision between two rooms with completely different visions. We decided on The Glade - an alluring room that looks like it's been created from the pages of a fairy tale. Designed by Carolyn Quatermaine and Didier Mahieu, with walls decorated as a woodland, a room with a view. It's enchanting meadow theme is played out throughout the room from cane chairs to an exceptionally grand branch chandelier. The room is a destination in itself.
The menus then arrive with the overwhelming choice of teas, coffees and even champagne. Due to London's fabulous grey weather, we stuck with the breakfast and chai tea.
Sketch's afternoon tea menu consisted of your favourite savouries from the classic (yet with their own twist) of a cucumber sandwich accompanied with cold asparagus, quail egg & caviar to a mini panini. Once you've soldiered your way through the bottom shelf of your stand made of the prettiest floral crockery, you are ready to move onto the remaining TWO dessert shelves. An assortment of delicate cakes, tarts, cheese cakes, pastries and my favourite macaroons decorated with rose petals.
Just when you think you can't possibly ever eat again, you are graced by a warm scone wrapped with raspberry jam and clotted cream. The sweetest end to a perfect afternoon.