Sketch (The Gallery)

“Upmarket brasserie dining in swanky location” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS

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Stylish venues combining food, drinks, music and art are reasonably commonplace these days, but Sketch certainly blazed a trail when it launched 20 years ago. A Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in the heart of Mayfair, all the venues at Sketch are unusual in terms of their interior design, and The Gallery is no exception. Under its astonishing glazed cupola roof, there are copper-coloured walls and beautiful yellow fabrics throughout, while the walls are adorned with specially commissioned pieces by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. Pierre Gagnaire’s food is as vibrant and entertaining as the setting, exuberantly creative, playful and often accompanied by a live DJ, the modern French/European menus, which change every two months, demonstrate an endless stream of inventive, technically accomplished brasserie dishes. The à la carte offers a choice of hot or cold starter – witness, perhaps, a feather-light haddock and scallop soufflé with a punchy Colman’s mustard beurre blanc and intensely flavoured leek fondue, or red beetroot tartare, raspberry, redcurrants, Montgomery Cheddar and seaweed caviar. You might move on to perfectly timed fillets of crisp-skinned sea bream with silky and subtle anchovy butter, vibrant broccoli purée with and seaweed with a minerally ozone flavour. Lamb chop Milanese with onion, mint sauce, mustard, borlotti beans and red pepper salad is one of the meat options and vegetarians can enjoy dishes like braised endive with orange juice and grilled mushrooms or purple potato bavaroise, vegetables, golden raisins and balsamic vinegar. These are precisely conceived, intelligently constructed dishes, and the dessert menu is a riot of equally precise and beautiful options, from iced lavender-honey galette, citrus marmalade with Kirsch, lemon opaline to Bramley apple terrine, lemon sponge, Limoncello and yuzu ganache. The wine list is bursting with thoroughbred bottles perfectly selected to enhance the food.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
Sketch (The Gallery)
9 Conduit Street, LONDON, W1S 2XG

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 126
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 25 December
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 220
  • Wines by the glass: 40
  • Cuisine style: Modern European

About the area

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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