One of the highlights of my anniversary trip (we were celebrating nine years together!) to London this month was afternoon tea in the sketch gallery.  It’s a total pink dreamworld from floor to ceiling, with the servers dressed in the cutest outfits to boot.

Right now, the gallery features the works of David Shrigley, and you really can get swept away looking around the room at all of the art. We went right after a renovation where they repainted and replaced his black and white drawings with colorful new pieces. The interior is by India Mahdavi, and I’m so impressed by her work, you can see more of it here. Everything from the wall art to the teapots features Shrigley’s work, and most of it is pretty funny too. I loved the contrast between the elegant tearoom and his satirical artwork. It felt kind of like some sort of interpretation of the high/low philosophy where you’re in this posh tearoom and there are literally drawings of poop on the wall. Haha!

The tea comes with your own personal teapot of your choice, tea sandwiches, pastries, and scones. I got the fresh flower tea and it literally tasted like flowers, so delicious!

Before you go you’ve got to check out the bathroom as well. It feels like you’re in a sci-fi movie! Each of the toilets are their own egg-shaped pod, and that ceiling is an explosion of color! Next time you’re headed to London book your own afternoon tea here. 


  1. I do try! The thirties tea set was wedding present from our elderly landlady, Esmee, many moons ago. She presented it in a cardboard box and wrapped it in newspaper. I think of her whenever we use the tea set. As she said, the teapot is a great pourer”. I wonder if Dot and Esmee would have been friends?

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