After catching sight of a dogs bottom on the side of a building and a hopscotch area greeting you in the hallway I knew we had arrived at sketch and were going to be in for something a little different to your usual West End afternoon tea.This treat was going to give me and number three some much needed me time and with the look on her little face when we walked into the profusion of pink in the Parlor it would be a trip to remember.
We were shown to our seats by one of the georgous ladies in their bang on trend pink, cold shoulder dresses that bought a funky, relaxed edge to the formal tea.
In fact every element of the traditional afternoon tea was there with a quirky edge to it from the eclectic range of sandwiches and pastries served on fine bone china embellished with zany wording to the delicate pink soft furnishings sitting proudly inside walls blanketed with cool artwork.
There is a choice of a your usual tea with a whole host to chose from, champagne or non-alcoholic Bellini while the children get a choice of different juices.
The towers of sandwiches and cakes were bought over and I indulged in different breads filled with amazing fillings such as coronation chicken, smoked salmon and tarragon cream and green asparagus with cucumber and ricotta to name a few.
Number three enjoyed avocado and tomato, mozerella and pesto panini, and traditional ham.
We had a taste of each other’s to make sure we weren’t missing out on anything and a few more were ordered as they are more than happy for you to swap or refill anything as you go through the afternoon.
Cakes and pastries galore filled our plates for me, with my favourites being the apricot and pistachio gateaux and the blueberry and liquorice tart.
The children’s pastries provided a more hands on approach and they get to fill their own selection of choux buns with scrumptious fillings.
Warm fruity scones with served with lashings of clotted cream and sticky sweet jams.
When we were nearly fit to burst and thought we had come to an end the piece de resistance arrived in the form of two beauties served from the trolley – a poppy and red currant choux and a raspberry, chocolate and hibiscus flower cake.
Barely able to move with a few leftovers stashed away beside us a lovely little surprise was given to number three in the form of the cuddly sketch bear named Pat!
Aside from the splender of our surroundings and the sumptuous food one of the biggest highlights for number three, and actually me too were the toilets!
Yes this may come as a surprise but they need to be seen to be believed. Brilliant white walls and sweeping staircases that lead you into a room with an eye catching, multicoloured glass ceiling and space aged, egg shaped pods that make up the toliet a themselves.
I don’t think I have ever known number three to need the toliet so much!
If you are looking for an afternoon tea with a difference that will feed your eyes and mind as well as your tummy then this is the place to be.
It is the perfect place to excite the adults and the children alike and it will be a place we will be visiting again to explore everything else they have to offer.
*we were asked along to sketch for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.