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Summary

£221
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Glitz and completely OTT surroundings make this an experience that will be remembered” – there’s all-round applause for this “fabulous and very romantic” dining room, on the top floor of a Mayfair palazzo of fairy tale grandeur. For the most part, despite the terrifying pricing, this praise also extends beyond the “magnificent” setting to the “superb” cuisine, which is overseen (from afar) by star chef Pierre Gagnaire. Meals “come with so many bits and bobs, so you don’t really know where to start” but on nearly all accounts it’s “superb”. Whether Michelin should really have awarded it three stars, though, is debatable. A fair summary: “Grade A for effort, but it’s all a bit too much”.

Summary

£151
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Up the sweeping staircase of this vast Mayfair palace, this “spectacular, grand, imposing and romantic” dining room certainly looks the part for a fairytale date (hint: “it might be a bit OTT for some tastes”). Star chef Pierre Gagnaire’s “creative” and complex menu features some “really quirky and delicious touches” and for most reporters “its two Michelin stars are well-deserved”. Even some fans, though, feel the wine list in particular is “stupidly overpriced” and there is a school of thought that, although “the tasting menu is all very nice, dishes don’t really hang together too well”; or that you plain just “shouldn’t waste your money here”. “A selfie in the crystal-lined loos is a must though”.

Summary

£151
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Up the sweeping staircase of this vast Mayfair palace, this “spectacular, grand, imposing and romantic” dining room certainly looks the part for a fairytale date (hint: “it might be a bit OTT for some tastes”). Star chef Pierre Gagnaire’s “creative” and complex menu features some “really quirky and delicious touches” and for most reporters “its two Michelin stars are well-deserved”. Even some fans, though, feel the wine list in particular is “stupidly overpriced” and there is a school of thought that, although “the tasting menu is all very nice, dishes don’t really hang together too well”; or that you plain just “shouldn’t waste your money here”. “A selfie in the crystal-lined loos is a must though”.

Summary

£148
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

First timers can “look around in disbelief at the over-the-top decor” on the first floor of this huge Mayfair palazzo (and that’s before the call of nature takes them to the ‘Swarovski Crystal Bathrooms’), and it is a “most opulent” and “seductive” setting in which to enjoy ambitious cuisine overseen by überchef Pierre Gagnaire. Its ratings took a dive this year, however, as its vertiginous prices can seem as overblown as the interior design (it doesn’t help that “sadly it looks like the Gourmet Rapide lunch has been guillotined”).

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
40, 16, 8
No trainers
50
6

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Reviews of Sketch, Lecture Room at Library Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Sketch, Lecture Room at Library restaurant.
John G
Enjoyable lunch in palatial surroundings. P...
Reviewed 8 months, 18 days ago

"Enjoyable lunch in palatial surroundings. Prefer a more relaxed setting"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 165.00 Dinner only 8
Menu2 125.00 Lunch only 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £44.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
9 Conduit St, London, W1S 2XG
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MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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