‘Comfort food’, cocktails and afternoon tea are the mainstays of Sketch’s most egalitarian dining area. You can walk into Parlour without a booking, and it’s open early until late (although it’s members only after 9pm), making a great introduction to the always-surprising world of this expensively refurbed Georgian townhouse.
When Sketch opened almost ten years ago, it was the decor that grabbed the headlines – maximalist, opulent, over the top, playful, arty and original. There’s still constantly something new to attract the eye: a saucily embroidered sofa, a mid-century tea set, a hopscotch court painted in the entrance hall. And the toilets are the most extraordinary in London. It’s all brilliant fun.
That our evaluation of the cooking comes so late in this review might tell you that food isn’t the most important part of the operation. Although the afternoon tea is classy, lunch – familiar dishes such as macaroni cheese, beef tartare, smoked salmon bagel – is merely decent and doesn’t begin to justify the hefty prices.
Superstar chef Pierre Gagnaire’s creative touch is more evident in dishes such as the ‘club sandwich’, with thai mayonnaise and ‘sweet and sour coriander onions’. Occasionally forgetful service comes from a series of stunners, who can be haughty.
From day-to-day the Parlour is home to the finest delicacies of the sketch chefs. Lounge on a variety of Louis XV-style seating in the quirky and eccentric patisserie, restaurant and bar from breakfast through to comfort food lunches and afternoon tea for up to six persons until the last drink before home.
The Parlour turns into a cocktail bar from 6pm to 2am (members-only from 9.30pm).
|Venue name:||sketch Parlour||Contact:|
9 Conduit Street
|Opening hours:||All day menu from breakfast to evening cocktails 8am-2am (Mon-Fri), 10am-2am (Sat), and 10am-midnight (Sun)Breakfast served 8am-noon Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, Sun; Comfort food served noon-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus tube|
|Price:||Breakfast dishes £5-£15; Comfort food £8-£20|
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I could write reviews for each of the different spaces within Sketch and they would increase in excitement as I do! The Parlour is a fabulous space just off the hop-scotch entrance hall (to the right as you enter the building through a pretty -nondescript door on Conduit St). From arriving you will be wow'd by the fabulously quirky interiors which most definitely accompany the great selection of food, teas, afternoon teas and cocktails.
It doesn't have to be a big treat if you don't want to spend a fortune - the afternoon tea is similar prices to all others in London, however the range of cakes and sandwiches is not! There's a real mix of the quintessentially british classics of scones and jam mixed with the wonderful chocolate mousse dome (I forget the names as they're always so wonderfully mystery-inducing!) however the taste and quality is second to none.
There's a massive range of teas and coffees available to accompany the afternoon tea or Lunch, plus a brilliantly London-ised range of cocktails and bubbles if you're fancying a treat!
Don't even get me started on the bathrooms..... it's honestly worth going just for the experience of seeing the toilets!
Sketch is most definitely a MUST for any locals, visitors or special occasions.... get yourself down there and you will not be disappointed!
I've been here a few times and I always have a brilliant time. It's so unique - very cool, but cosy as well. The drinks are varied and delicious and the staff are really friendly - always willing to give you some history of the venue and show you round. I love coming here
just had tea here. such a pleasure. just off crazy busy oxford circus is sketch; we went into the parlour and what a fabulous room; quirky, inviting and fun... (bit uncomfy initially perched on a stool, but soon got sorted). the server - showna - was so lovely and changed our table. the cakes are amazing. had a cocktail too... yes very good all round.