Sketch Gallery
Sketch Gallery

Sketch Gallery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sketch.uk.com/venue_Gallery_David_Shrigley.php?menu=1
  • Phone: 020 7659 4500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 6.30pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Sketch Gallery
Turner prize nominated and Fourth Plinth commissioned, David Shrigley has transformed the Gallery at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants. 239 new works line the restaurant’s walls.
Open for afternoon tea and dinner, Mon to Sat 12.30pm to 2am, Sun 12:30pm to 12am.
India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for Shrigley’s artwork, conceived a soothing, monochromatic, strikingly comprehensive interior.
The exhibition continues on to the tables with new ceramic tableware: Crisp and clean with a touch of his signature humour, Shrigley has understood the dining table as an auxiliary exhibition space, a platform for the presentation of new work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire.
Fashion designer Richard Nicoll has been enlisted to create bespoke uniforms for the Gallery restaurant staff to wear. For the girls, the design is a play on Nicoll's signature T-shirt dress silhouette; for the boys, a smart, grey boiler-suit.
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Sketch Gallery reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.2
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (35)romance (24)fit for foodies (19)business meals (14)pre/post theatre (12)group bookings (10)afternoon tea (9)brunch (5)outstanding value (4)good vegetarian options (2)sunday lunch (2)Show More
  • Shocking service - really not worth it.
    RTTF
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    The waiting staff were not attentive and mucked up our order. Cocktails took 20 mins to arrive and were wrong. We had to ask for our bill three times. The table we were at was seemingly in a corridor with my chair constantly being knocked by the staff as they passed. However, the food was delicious and the chefs should be complimented.
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  • Very disappointing dessert
    Agata
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    Beautiful decor; tables too tight- fine for parties of four or more but if there are just the two of you you will lack privacy; food not as good as expected and especially dessert called marumba or something like this with bubble gum ice cream was completely unacceptable to be found on the menue
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  • Memorable
    Hahhah
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    I live near and frequent New York restaurants often. Sketch Gallery blew so many of the Manhattan places away with it's creative, pink, atmosphere, David Shrigley artwork adorning the walls, custom dishes, egg shaped toilet stalls, etc. and to top that, the food was delicious and creative as well. Even better, the staff was knowledgable (especially about their wine pairings), and friendly. We couldn't have had a better experience than we had at this hip, unique, establishment. Wish I lved in London so I could become a regular.
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  • Sketch, what else?
    MaxUKVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    After having experienced the increbile "journey" at the Lecture and Library Room last September, I decided to come back and celebrate my daughter's 21st birtthday at Sketch Gallery. Simply outstanding. The family love it and elected it as their favourite place. No doubt. It is not only about the food. It's about everything surrounding you here. My younger daughter is now looking at Skecth for her 18th birthday in April...
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  • Creative excellence in space & food
    Sukid
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    A delicious, well served, well presented meal in an amazing space. Definitely worth a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service too slow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food was ok, the setting great, what a waste because of bad and slow service! Not because a restaurant is French it needs to have bad waiters...even in Paris you get much more efficient waiters and organisation!
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  • RubesVIP
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Great fun place to visit. Quirky but good food and great service. Make sure you visit the loos!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Fantastic food in very interesting surroundings! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it for a special occasion.
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  • The loos are the main attraction
    LondonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The only redeeming feature at Sketch are the space pod loos. The food was terrible. The menu consisted of fish & chips and udon noodles, and we ended up paying £75/head on food alone. The cocktails were also very pricey at £13 each, they were very small and not at all remarkable. But I guess that's the price to pay to experience the famous space pod toilets! Without the quirky loos, Sketch would be empty and completely neglected. I'm glad I went and experienced it, but I won't be going back.
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  • Wonderful
    GBRL
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    I had a wonderful experience there. The food was delicious, the main course and the desert were really good. The service was very good also, and the waitress very kind. The ambient is very cool and different.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely restaurant and stunning food
    AnnaU
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Second time this year in Sketch and it was just as great as the first time. Fantastic atmosphere, great good and excellent tea choices. Located off if Regent street on London on a not so busy road. I'd recommend getting off at oxford circus and walking down for 5mins.
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  • Shrigley does Sketch
    Bl0ndebiscuit
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    David Shrigley take over is simply fantastic - worth going just to goggle at the fab illustrations. Food and cocktails are somewhat over priced against what you get at other top London restaurants
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  • sketch restaurant afternoon tea
    sty30392
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    The afternoon tea set there was amazing and the restaurant looks really nice. We were in a group of 6 people and still the restaurant managed to serve us well and helped with prompt reservation reply.
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    afternoon tea, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Different
    KTJL
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    I came here for a celebration with my boyfriend. We both had a starter, main and desert, with wine and cocktails. First two courses were fantastic, as were the drinks. The starters were fun and a bit different and the mains were fabulous - meat cooked excellently with different textures. The desert was a let down for us both - I'd be careful about what you order as they sound fun and interesting but both of ours were quite disgusting and we both left them (including the paired drink). I couldn't be bothered to complain at this point but probably should have done. I'd still go there again however but ask more questions about desert.
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  • A very cool venue
    Alex
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great ambiance. Quirky and very personable. A very enjoyable dining experience, not too expensive but enough to make you remember.
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  • An experience for sure...
    Funkagenda
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    Sketch is as astounding looking restaurant. Dining there is a real experience. From the outlandish "egg" toilets to the deliberately unmatched light fittings, every detail is designed to throw you off guard. The food is wonderful but on my trip, my GF and I both ordered the rib eye and I have to say, here was at least 50% fat. We brought it up to our server and she said she would speak to the kitchen about it. Nothing more was said about it and there was no adjustment on the Bill. We had fun so we didn't chase it up but I would have liked at least an explanation. Still, I would reccomend it for a date or a special occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    sdfoodie
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    Had a fabulous evening at Sketch. Staff were very attentive and friendly, and the food was outstanding. The lemon foam dessert was exquisite!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    The whole experience was poor value for money. Although the restaurant was very quirky - I would have expected a better standard of food. The reservation system was frankly annoying. They called me up and left a voicemail asking me to confirm my booking. They then called me again a day before asking me exactly the same question.
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  • Best in London
    CGTM1987
    Dined on 18/3/2014
    Whilst it may not stand amongst the more well known restaurants in the public eye, or have a TV celeb chef at the helm, Sketch is by far the best dining experience I've had in London to date. From the moment we entered the restaurant where the extremely friendly staff showed us to our table, until the sad moment when we had to leave, everything was perfect! The wine list is varied and caters for all budgets, the trendy, cool surroundings make for a relaxed dining experience and the food is just heaven. The rump steak and the bubble gum ice cream deserve special mention! Despite the bill for 2 persons (3 course, 2 sides and wine) may induce tears, the experience will live long after the tastes have gone. Will definitely return.
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  • Decor amazing but food not so
    Aims
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The staff are super friendly and make you feel as ease. The restaurant room is pretty amazing and I think this is probably why you go there. The food is OK, it was luke warm. Starters were very good, but the mains were average. The bar area is cool too. I would return but would be aware of how much it will cost for an OK meal but great venue!
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  • Good Food, excellent and trendy
    Pracownik
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Good Food, excellent and trendy ambience! The waiter was sympathetic but forgot our drinks (but didn't charge for it). We order a starter and the main dish at the same time and we were happy to enjoy the trendy environment. The food, nevertheless came so quick that in 30 minutes we were done! So if you are in a hurry that's perfect! Unfortunately that wasn't our case...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal....
    andrewn
    Dined on 18/2/2014
    Quirky, expensive...memorable....no truer word spoken when it is said you get what you pay for ! terrific meal, great environment although the high ceilings can create an echoey sound....
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  • Perfection from Start to Finish
    Kimber
    Dined on 20/1/2014
    We loved everything about Sketch from the moment we arrived. The staff was helpful and so nice. The service was FIVE STAR ***** The décor is fantastic! The food was amazing!!! We had afternoon tea one day and fell in love. We returned a few days later to have dinner in the Gallery. PERFECTION!!! My halibut was the best that I have ever had. We had a rice dish with lobster bisque that was heaven. The cocktails were yummy. There is nothing that I would change. I wish we lived in London but we had to return home to Phoenix, Arizona. I can't wait for my next visit. I would recommend to everyone. Thank you for a lovely experience. Fondly, Kimberly
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  • We were in london for only
    AliB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were in london for only a few days and wanted to be sure we tried Sketch. The outcome was that our dinner was delicious, the onion rings - amazing, the fish and chicken were worth their price and everything else - delightful. Sketch is a creative, adventuresome time and we'll be back to share it with our friends and family.
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  • Great atmoshphere
    sitters
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I went to sketch really for the atmosphere, but I was pleasantly surprised when the food was served. I had a pumpkin veloute which was serviced to perfection, and the salmon filet, with the gnocchi. I must admit the gnocchi was much better than the salmon, and I would recommend it for anybody going.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky restaurant, awesome food
    ZoeLVIP
    Dined on 19/12/2013
    Had a really fun evening here, it's got a good buzz & service was excellent. Quality of food & wine list was also v impressive.
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  • Interesting setting
    JMS05VIP
    Dined on 19/12/2013
    Went for a quick dinner, good wine list and menu. However for the price food was acceptable, not remarkable. Somewhere fun to go for something a bit different but not a patch on the lecture room and library upstairs. Told the artist was changing this month so will be interesting to see what happens to the space.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it at least once....nanoo nanoo
    Nickynosh
    Dined on 17/12/2013
    Chestnut veloute starter was delicious...main and dessert were forgettable - was expecting more from the food given the prices. However on the whole it was a lovely evening music, ecclectic dining furniture, friendly and helpful staff and a very unique toilet experience. ps. we were a little early for our table and so waited in the bar which was so dark we were forced to read the cocktail menu by the light of our smart phones....as did a few others!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality but expensive
    Pumpernickel
    Dined on 16/12/2013
    Worth going at least once for the quirky decor. Food is interesting and a good range but still felt a bit overpriced. Portions are large (none of us could manage dessert - shame as the malabar is yummy.) I had visited before where they had a £55 3 course menu which is reasonable, but that didn't seem to be available this time. Hence a bill of 350 for 4 of us, 2 courses + a few drinks and a bottle of wine in the lower price range. Great if you are on business though.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since 27 November 2013
    • Average Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambience4.2
    • Service3.7
    • Value3.3
  • The following 547 reviews are from the Sketch Gallery reviews archive.
  • Great athmosphere, amazing settings
    ShesheeVIP
    Dined on 23/10/2013
    ...but poor food. I went there to show the amazing settings to a visitor. Had been there for drinks before and to the other restaurant. Really unimpressive food. Nearly no work on it and quite a bill at the end. Not worth the money at all if it wasn't for the athmosphere and the dramatic settings. Excellent address to impress friends when going out, definitely recommended for that but definitely not for the food. The service was lovely though.
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  • Cool place, great food
    xxxx
    Dined on 21/10/2013
    We had a very enjoyable evening at Sketch Gallery. The vibe in this place is great. Really enjoyed the interior. Food was fantastic and so was the service.
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  • Food is very good and well
    Xlent1
    Dined on 16/10/2013
    Food is very good and well presented. Service is rushed and staff seemed very hassled. Overall Gallery is noisy and hectic, so not a relaxing meal. Buzzy and lively but a bit too much which detracts from experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buzzy atmosphere
    Lovevino
    Dined on 16/10/2013
    Very cool venue. We all liked the funky decor, mismatched chairs, pod toilets. Service was efficient, waiters were chattier than usual restaurants. Limited but good menu. It was our 2nd visit and we will be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    Paula
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Sketch Gallery is very nice. Crazy creative decor, good food, but little portions (sometimes much too little), terrific background music. Getting a little bit touristic for my taste. however, it´s still a great place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a lot of fun
    RodrigoVIP
    Dined on 29/8/2013
    Food was good, no doubt about it. But the best thing about this place its the music and the ambiance. It's a worth a visit.
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  • A place you've got to go
    VirginiaPVIP
    Dined on 29/8/2013
    Sketch is a place that begs a visit. Because of how it looks, because it's such a great place to people-watch, because the food is so good and the toilets, yes the toilets, are so SO great. I could use up all of this review raving on the fantastic architecture and design, on the fantastic Mork&Mindy toilets that had me going back again and again even when there was nothing left to go back for. But in case you think this detracts from the food - it doesn't. The food is fantastic. Original, inventive, and well-constructed, with flavours and colours I wish everyone everywhere would pair - and the best is saved for last: a Sketch dessert makes the whole meal worth eating. Sketch is so London I can't believe it took me so long to visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good french team !
    tabarly61
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Very well received by the French team Gallery, the winemaker, the managers were lovely with us and good advice. thank you to them
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  • Great 360 experience
    SF12
    Dined on 30/7/2013
    We went to Sketch for a special celebration - I had high expectations and I was not disappointed! As a starter I had a tomato concassé with coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger, marshmallow, burrata ice cream. All flavours blended so well together - a real joy to the palate. As a main I had the pan-fried fillet of sea bass. It was really nice, however I found my husband's choice of crispy suckling pig with foie gras was much tastier. For dessert, I had Love Chocolate. It was OK, but again my husband's dessert was amazing: MALABAR (Lemon foam, bubble gum ice cream, pannacotta, orange blossom and strawberry marshmallow). The quirky ambience is definitely something to experience - and don't forget to check out the toilets for more surprises!
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  • Summer at Sketch
    EmmaC
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    A lovely setting and good food, a little overpriced but the atmosphere is great.
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  • Experience
    Loulou
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Decor is an experience just by itself. The service is freindly. The mix of savor could be scarring but it will be suprisingly excellent . Don't leave without going to the toilet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.