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February 2022: next month, the pink decor and David Shrigley artworks – one of the most distinctive restaurant interiors in the country – are being replaced with African-themed designs featuring artwork by Yinka Shonibare.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A gorgeous, Grade II Palladian Mansion… glowing pink-hued walls, high ceilings, glam banquettes… incredible artworks from Yinka Shonibare… über-chef Pierre Gagnaire’s menu… what’s not to like about this famous Mayfair venue? The fact that it’s seen as being mightily “overpriced” with forgettable food is the chief fault, which means that few other than fashionistas and first-timers are prepared to make the investment… even to go to the bog in a WC shaped like an egg!

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

You pay top dollar to eat quite literally inside an art installation in this room within Mourad Mazouz’s idiosyncratic Mayfair venue, where artist Yinka Shonibare’s pan-African vision replaced the former lurid pink-walled David Shrigley showcase in spring 2022. It makes for “great artefacts to look at”, while the food – either a lavish all-day ‘afternoon tea’ or dinner – is “very, very good”. “But my word it’s expensive” – even “unbelie overpriced” – is a repeated lament even from very enthusiastic reporters.

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If you want to visit this “fantastical location” within Mourad Mazouz’s lavish Mayfair palazzo – a vision in pink from designer David Shrigley – then afternoon tea is the way to go: “it’s one of the more expensive options in town”, but “fabulous”. For dinner, however, this wacky chamber often seems “overpriced”, although – to be fair – this appears to be of absolutely no concern to the fashionista crowd it perennially attracts. Go once, anyway, to visit the egg-shaped loos!

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Part of Mourad Mazouz’s lavish Mayfair palazzo, this OTT favourite (the ‘cheap’ dining option here – see also Sketch, Lecture Room) is a perennial hit with a Zoolander-esque crowd keener on looking ‘really, really, really ridiculously good looking’ than on the eclectic cuisine, which is very expensive, and can seem like a case of “Emperor’s new clothes”. Who cares though? – with David Shrigley’s pinker-than-pink design-scheme it’s “an Instagrammer’s dream”, and who doesn’t want to have paid at least one visit to the egg-shaped loos?

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9 Conduit St, London, W1S 2XG

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Sketch, Gallery Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Sketch, Gallery Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Sketch, Gallery restaurant.
Anthony P
Sketch Parlour Enjoyed a novel take on egg...
Reviewed 5 months, 20 days ago

"Sketch Parlour Enjoyed a novel take on eggs on avocado and toast - eggs were in tempura batter. The whimsical decoration is a delight. Prices for breakfast very reasonable by today’s standards. "

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Julie H
Not my place at all. Staff were surly, vege...
Reviewed 6 months, 15 days ago

"Not my place at all. Staff were surly, vegetarian options poor and a real mixed bag of people in. And super expensive for what it was. Disappointed - went there for a party back in 2006 which was awesome. Not the same (or maybe I'm just the wrong demographic now)"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £26.50 £11.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
9 Conduit St, London, W1S 2XG
Opening hours
Monday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Sunday11 am‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm

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