9 Conduit St, London, London, W1S 2XG
- Tel: 020 7659 4500
With a restaurant by the name of the Lecture Room and Library, and a brasserie style restaurant entitled the Gallery (which will transform into a video art gallery during the day time), Sketch brings a new experience to eating and drinking. They also have two bar areas and the Parlour patisserie.
Services and products
- Vegetarian Dishes
- Cuisine: French
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21/11/2008 by sarah2009
I had dinner with friends in the Gallery last week and wow! I have never seen anything like it before; the food was delicious and we were entertained by the most amazing video art projections. I will definately visit again soon, if not for dinner then just to the bar.Report this
Strictly for special occasions!
03/09/2008 by wordgirl
If you're looking for somewhere seriously unusual and don't mind pushing the boat out, I think it's hard to beat Sketch. I went with three friends for a big birthday and it was a treat, more like a theatrical performance than a simple dinner. From the pre-dinner drinks on a crimson chaise longue, to the succession of seven main courses and then four different types of dessert (might have been five, was slightly confused by then), it was memorable. OK, some of the flavours were eccentric to say the least, and at first I thought we'd end up starving hungry because the portions were teeny, but we filled up very nicely. The waiters were great, the decor amazing if bizarre at times. Didn't like the other diners, though, they were very po-faced with that kind of expense-account ennui. Go, enjoy, be prepared to come away considerably poorer, and as others have said, you'll love it or hate it but you won't forget it.Report this
Let them eat cake!
27/08/2008 by Lacrimosa
We dropped into Sketch for some post-dinner tea and cake on Saturday night and, having passed some life-sized models of greyhounds laying about in the hallway, were seated in the dining area - a striking mix of sugary white baroque furniture and contemporary multi-media imagery being projected around the walls. I liked it very much. In the event we found we couldn't squeeze down any cake, so just ordered a pot of Earl Grey each. Er... what can I say? It was a very nice cup of tea. (I don't think having just a drink is normally allowed in the dining room, but the staff didn't make a fuss.) On the way out I also had a quick look around the adjoining lounge bar - a haven of low lighting, low tables, low sofas, and brown and red decor which apparently looks just as good during the day as it does at night. To my everlasting regret, however, I didn't visit the toilets that everyone seems to be mentioning here. Damn!Report this
You'll either love it, or hate it...
25/08/2008 by vexille
Depending on who you are, what you do and how you were raised, you'll either find Sketch pricey and pretentious, or one of the coolest places to go / been seen in. It is a bit special, but still remaining accessible to the majority. The decor is surreal, the loo's, as most have mentioned bizarre and the general ambience a bit off key in a nice way! Filled with different rooms which cater for dinner, lunch, drink you're never lost with options when you're there. A decent selection of wine, cakes, snacks and of course meals. It does everything well, but not the best, however your surroundings make up for that. Really nice place to go for a mid-afternoon drink, be it alcoholic or otherwise!Report this
Just another "expensive" celeb bar
22/08/2008 by LukeG
I went to Sketch once and I won't be going back. The decor is cool and it's nice to see something a bit different. The toilets are, as everyone says, amazing and should be seen, but perhaps the lavish decor is accountable for the extortionate drinks prices. I was not happy to be charged £16 for two drinks. I wouldn't recommend this bar, but if you're a celeb-hound who likes to be seen in the latest "in" place regardless of the quality of the venue, then this may be the perfect bar for youReport this
Go to check out the loos
13/03/2008 by Hugo
Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid. A triumph of coolness, design and trendyness over food and common sense. I do recommend going though to look at the loos which are a surreal room full of pods. V amusing and quite other-worldly...well worth a visit. I did go for a big group meal, so maybe I didn't get to taste the 'normal menu' but surely you always have to put your best foot forward?Report this
15/07/2007 by gilka
what a stylish place is sketch! If you don't have the money just go for it for the interiors- have a bottle of beer for £5 but get the chance to stay in this place for a while. Go to a different toilet as much as you can and try a different toilet each time each time- Don't miss the white spacey ones... I had a dinner there on one occasion- it was expensive but fantastic. The staff are dressed in a very cool way- when I was there they had smart shirts and black all star shoes- careful attention to detail. The menus at the bar were beautifully designed as a newspaper (probably changed by now). Check the gallery if you are there during morning/noon. gilka.co.ukReport this
Romance and surrealism
26/06/2007 by Welshaims
This restaurant was both the most surreal and the coolest restaurant I have ever been to. i went for valentines day which is also my birthday and it was the perfect venue. It was a while ago and i can't remember exactly what I ate but it was nice. i remembr thinking the food wasn't as good as the decor but that was so stunning i didn't care. The walls were projected with movig images and there were pink partitioning structures and cute little white chairs. i felt very very special just sitting there. The toilets are the best though. The cubicals are giant eggs and as you sit on the loo barn yard noises make you feel like a chicken about to hatch in some strange dream. After the meal i was presented with a little liberty's bag with a bar of liberty's soap. Very cute. It was also expensive. But I wasn't paying and my boyfried seemed very happy to.Report this
Lunch in the parlour!
13/05/2007 by chefbarham
As the other reviews will tell you the decor of Sketch is something else, and it's definately worth poping in for coffee and one of the perfectly sculpted pastries (as they should be with the involvement of uber pastry chef Pierre Gagnaire), just to be greeted by the supermodelesque maitre 'd who has the backdrop of a staircase which looks as though it's had a ton of molten chocolate poured down it. Anyway.....I was there for lunch on a monday, and as the rest of the place is closed that time of week, our only option was to eat in the Parlour. The menu was a choice of four starters, and four mains and dessert courtesy of the extensive array of afore mentioned pastries on display in the glass counter which welcomes you as you enter the room. Our chosen starters were the marinaded vegetables and the fried duck egg with curry froth, and they did exactly what they said on the tin, no fuss or frills, but very well cooked with punchy, bold flavours. The main courses were equally well cooked, the butter roasted monkfish served beautifully opaque, and my duck with a rich caramelied skin yet moist pink flesh. Then it was on to the pastry 'bar' for dessert, the only problem here was choosing from the 20 or so pant-wettingly good treats on offer. The meal for two with a couple of glasses of plonk and bottle of water came to £65, which i would say was pretty good value, and not as hiddously overpriced as some reviews would have you think. My only gripe with Sketch was the two members of waiting staff who dealt with our table. They were abrupt rather than friendly, although that could just have been down to being very busy and having a full restaurant to look after.Report this
05/05/2007 by shelo9
Worst restaurant i have been to ever! The waiters wouldn't serve us properly as we were two young women instead of old posh toffs! We both got food poisoning due to the lobster and had to throw up in the toilets (which are very cool). The manager was practically laughing at us and thought we were con artists by his attitude. Eventually didn't pay the service charge but still paid a huge amount for an awful time. There are better places to go to in London for the same price.Report this
3 Stars for the Pod Toilets!
17/04/2007 by belinda
Looks fantastic, toilets are devine (except the teeny tiny mirror action - how are you meant to put your lippy on with that?) and the place is "other worldly" but I will have to disagree with the other posts and say the food is horrible! make that with a capital H. We were a table of 6 and all had 3 course meals and not one person enjoyed it. Although it was very entertaining and we had a great laugh. Simple fact is they try way way too hard to be different. Different is good but different has to taste good too. I love new flavours but theirs simply did not work. The cold corn chowder was not a hit, it looked and smelt like (you can guess). My grilled halloumi cheese with champagne sorbet was probably the best of the bunch. The mains were pretty uneventful but certainly nothing great. Although the "soft" boiled potatoes in rice paper was a brilliant laughing hit, you would have to taste it to get the full idea. Dessert was actually good but the portions so tiny that I thought they must have been trying to give me a hint that I needed to go on a diet. The chocolate mouse layered with air looked great - however since half the glass was filled with air it was not the satisfying yumyum I imagined. So we had a good night and a good laugh but I will not returning or recommending Sketch to anyone (I like). Way overpriced because the food did not live up the the atmosphere. My opinion - just drop in to use the loo and give the restaurant a miss!Report this
A must-see in the heart of the city
04/12/2006 by alexandros
Amazing place, it is well worth a visit at any time of the day. I totally agree with Socratis and Walid about the decoration, not to mention the futuristic toilets! Generally there is an atmosphere of being in a movie or in a fairy tale -the waitresses are wearing something like traditional 18th century clothes! Mixed crowd, comfortable chairs and sofas and delicious desserts (try the raspberry cake) complete the dream.Report this
Not sketchy at all
04/10/2006 by sokratis
Had a very good meeting nearby this morning and followed it up with a coffee and chat with Walid. The lemon cake and coffee were top class and the staff very friendly and helpful. This is one impressive place. Aesthetically superb – financially not so. Have not gone for dinner or a night out there, but judging from the breakfast prices don't be surprised if you go home and find a hole in your pocket. The space combines a bar, gallery and dining room. The dining room downstairs can also be used as a party area. It is a very large square space, with very high walls that have young artists' animation or film projected on them. Really good atmosphere and feel to the place, it would be a great venue for a party (again don't ask about cost – I did and nearly needed a defibrillator). The cherry on the cake has to be the toilets though. They look like a set from a 70s Kubrick film and you get the luxury of having a individual pod all to yourself. Do check out the mock puppies at the centre (picture attached here) and the enclosed mini lounge below. I'm quite intrigued by it now, so a night visit review will be coming up soon.Report this
Funky Bar / Restaurant
04/10/2006 by walid
Ok Sketch is one of those places you have to try out as it is quite unusual and surprising in a unique way. Sketch was founded by Mourad Mazouz, the same guy who created MoMo. Sketch is a mixture of a bar, exposition, restaurant all decorated in a very eclectic way. You have furniture on one side that makes you think you have just stepped into the stage of an Austin Power movie and at the same time you see on the other side a large chandelier and a large drawing/picture of David Beckham. You could probably spend an hour just observing the decoration/furniture they've added to this place. If you do go there you have to try there bathroom.... As you go up the stairs you are greeted by large eggs which at first thought makes you think they are sun beds inside of them, but actually that's where you find your own unique bathroom... in an egg! See picture I've added ;-) In terms of the food there I haven't tasted it but the coffee they had was definitely one of the best I've had in London. As for pricing, well lets just say it isn't on the cheap side. Well worth a visit both for the eclectic / interesting decoration they have but also just to have a look at their customers who come there who seem to be a mixture of rich businessmen and movers and shakers of London.Report this
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