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Sketch London Afternoon Tea | Review – What is it really like?

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Updated 2020. Afternoon tea is one of those British Traditions that you link with an old-style drawing-room, dainty china and having to hold your pinky up, and although this is true and there are many places in the UK (and abroad) where you can find a traditional Afternoon Tea Experience  there are also places that like to mix it up and this is exactly what Afternoon Tea at Sketch in London is like so here’s my honest

Sketch Afternoon Tea Review

Where is Sketch London?

Located in Soho just off of Regents Street and Oxford Street. The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus.

You’ll walk into a building home to an array of different rooms and welcomed by staff in some very unique uniforms and straight away you’ll realise this place is like no other you have been to!

The Gallery Sketch London

After you’ve put your coat in the cloakroom you’ll be taken to The Gallery which is the main room for afternoon tea at Sketch. If like me, you’re a pink lover then you’ll be in absolute heaven! The Gallery is decked out with pink walls, pink velvet seating, plenty of art pieces and musicians playing live music.

Again, you’ll be welcomed formally by very professional staff who will give you a rundown of how your unique afternoon tea experience is going to go and not only will it make you feel ever so fancy and important, it will also get you excited for the next 2 hours.

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Sketch London After Tea Courses

First up, of course, is tea! On the table, you’ll have a menu with a huge selection of tea’s inside spanning from Sri Lanka to China to Morocco to Japan. To help you pick your tea the Tea Master will come round to your table with their cart, talk you through the teas and let you smell them before making a decision.

We were advised to pick 2 types, one for the savoury food to start with and one for the sweet food for afterwards. I went for a Chai tea to start with and it took me right back to the Middle East. I then opted for the Whole Rosebuds which was from Iran to go with my sweet treats.

afternoon tea at sketch london

The Tea cart.

After the tea selection is done the first course will arrive which was technically egg and soldiers but oh my, I had never had an egg cooked in this way before, it was almost like a mousse, and the ‘soldiers’ are cheese sticks!

Side Note – My menu was based on the 2017 menu which may be a bit different now but either way you’ll be in for some really yummy food!

Before you eat this course the Caviar Man at Sketch (yes, really!) will come around dressed in a pretty amazing pink suit and give you the lowdown of what caviar is and how to eat it before putting a sample on your plate (I did decline this but one of my friends found she really liked it and the other didn’t so I guess you’ll have to try it to see for yourself!).

afternoon tea at sketch london

Now, this is where the fun starts at your Afternoon Tea at Sketch, after your starter, what I think as the ‘official afternoon tea course’ is brought over- a tier of Sandwiches, Cakes and Desserts in an array of flavours. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this but wow were they good!

I loved the egg sandwich and the pistachio profiterole. Battenberg cake was a nice addition which we enjoyed getting our Canadian friend to try it for the first time! I guess Battenberg Cake really is British!

afternoon tea at sketch london

afternoon tea at sketch london

By this time you should be looking to switch tea’s so the tea cart will come back around and bring clean cups out for your next round of tea.. and on the subject of cups, check out how cute the cups and china are with all these words on them!

afternoon tea at sketch london

The next round of Afternoon Tea is scones accompanied by clotted cream and 2 types of jam which is oh so British, and the scone was one of the best I have ever eaten!

afternoon tea at sketch london

Now, this is pretty much the end.. unless you don’t want it to be as you can ask for another round of sandwiches, cakes, scones or even some cake off of the trolley because the price you pay is for an unlimited amount of food so why not go for seconds! You’ve paid for it!

afternoon tea at sketch london

If you’re looking for more Afternoon Tea ideas in London, check out this post too: Last Minute Unique Afternoon Tea Experiences!

If this experience isn’t good enough all ready then make sure you check out the famous toilets in Sketch London (which I’m sure you will with all that tea) because they are extremely unique!

They are basically egg pods in a room of coloured lights and for an Instagram addict like me who had seen many photos of the toilets before it definitely meant I had a little photoshoot in there.. but I certainly wasn’t the only one!

afternoon tea at sketch london

All in all Afternoon Tea at Sketch in London is a brilliant and yummy experience and must one of the best Afternoon’s in London and definitely the most Unique Afternoon Tea in London!

Sketch Afternoon Tea Price

How much does Afternoon Tea at Sketch cost though? – My main concern was the price.

As of 2020 the Classic Afternoon Tea package which I had and have explained above is £59.00 per person and if you want to include Champagne then it starts from £73.00. There was also a 12.5% service charge. So it is pretty pricey!

However, I and my friends went for an occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the food so I don’t have any regrets in paying the money and I would highly recommend it for anyone celebrating an occasion or to treat yourself one afternoon in London. I think this has to be one of the best afternoon teas in London.

If you’re not in London already and need to book train tickets to London, be sure to check out The Train Line. I use them all the time to compare the best train times, journey lengths and prices!

afternoon tea at sketch london

If you’re looking for more Afternoon Tea ideas in London, check out this post:

Last Minute Unique Afternoon Tea Experiences

If you want something to do before or after your afternoon tea, why not check out these areas of London:

A Guide to the Perfect Day in Kensington, West London.

A Walking Guide around Beautiful Hampstead, London.

A Guide to the Perfect Sunday in Shoreditch, East London




  • Reply
    Anonymous foodie
    December 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Is there an additional cost for the caviar or does it come along with the standard afternoon tea?

  • Reply
    October 10, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    was the champagne bottomless or you just get one glass?

    • Reply
      October 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Just one glass for what we paid for, but you can probably get bottomless 🙂

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