Tuesday, 13 May 2014

An Art Inspired Afternoon Tea

Last week I visited London for a couple of days, Alex had booked a two night stay in a hotel in Kensington for a business trip so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do lots of my favourite London things and catch up with my good friend Laura who I hadn't seen for ages. We wandered around the graffiti art filled streets of the east end, in and out of vintage shops and had the most delicious authentic Indian meal. The next day I went to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican which was really amazing, followed by a walk around covent garden, Soho and Regents Street where it was lovely to visit Liberty and Anthropologie, but the absolute highlight of the trip, Laura surprised me with a 30th birthday treat of afternoon tea! I've held many of my own at home but have always wanted the real experience of high tea in London and it was Fabulous! 
From the busy hustle and bustle of the west end we stepped in to the venue and found our selves in a serene enchanted forest! The magical surroundings of this woodland themed bar- The Glade at Sketch has been designed by Artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieuprovides and is just the most idyllic setting for afternoon tea and cocktails-
(for those who are not pregnant)
The Beautiful texture and depth of tone and colour of the walls takes the form of a magical fairy-tale forest created using découpage. Taking inspiration from the early 20th century method, the artists painted, enlarged and reversed their design, printing it onto hundreds of metres of paper. Each piece is hand-cut, and découpaged to the walls. The room is styled with delicate 50s rattan furniture, from the South of France, and luxuriously sumptuous cushions and curtains. The experience of being in there was so awe inspiring I felt like I had literally fell down the rabbit hole and entered another place entirely!

The tiny cakes, and pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and tea were so pretty and SO very tasty. My favourite was the cucumber, ricotta and asparagus sandwich and the sultana scone which I smothered in clotted cream and home made fig jam and washed down with chai tea, best of all- you are welcome to keep reordering your favourites until your hearts content and your tummy is satisfied! It's a wonder the baby had any room by the time I'd finished.

Thank you Laura It was such a Beautiful afternoon, what an amazing memory that will be with me always x

*All Images are from the sketch website*

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous time you had! Now I need to plan a visit to London.....xx