Earlier this summer we traveled through France and England with our daughter Daphne for the first time. One of my favorite things to do with Daphne is go to tea. We don’t really have a proper tea room where you can go have a mother daughter tea in Charleston so it is always a fun thing to do an explore when we travel. We have been to the Plaza in New York for the Eloise Tea and of course to a Disney Princess Tea but I have been wanting to do the afternoon tea at Sketch gallery London for a long time, which is basically a millennial pink palace covered in whimsical, tongue in cheek sketches by artist David Shrigley. I booked us for two – and hers was actually the children’s tea option which includes a free teddy bear with a pink Sketch sweater on (they surprised her with that at the end). The Mayfair flower show was also happening when we were there, so both the exterior and the interior of the gallery were covered in botanicals and flowers – it was pretty amazing and felt a bit like we were walking into an enchanted forest.
(Daphne had a very loose tooth that she was excited about and hoping it might come out during tea. It didn’t.)
This is right outside the entrance to the main rooms where they offer tea and was a temporary exhibit for the flower show. All those roses were real!
The entrance to the Sketch gallery is magical…
And the pink interior with its upholstered scalloped chairs is to die for. As good as, if not better than in photos!
The inlaid marble herringbone floors were my favorite:
Daphne was very happy!
I especially love their custom china – that says funny little things like “Ghosts” and “Dreams” and even “Forget about it” at the bottom of your tea cup.
The tea carts layered with different infusions of tea were also pretty magical:
And Daphne was thrilled to get her Sketch bear at the end.
It was a wonderful experience – and very kid friendly for age 5 and up. You can book online here, up to one month in advance.