The Night Before Christmas at Sketch

I am all on board for feeling festive. In fact, I'd be happy to overlook all the Christmas hype and just focus on what the festive season is all about: dark cosy nights, mulled wine, cosy fires, endless layers and evenings with friends. 

For the last few years, I haven't felt 'Christmassy'. Christmas starts so early these days and sadly, it just doesn't have the same magic as it did when I was a child. Even Christmas Day last year came and went without much hype from me. But I do like feeling 'festive'. I love winter and the magic it brings with it, so instead of trying to get into the Christmas spirit this year, I'll just get festive. That, I can do.

And so, a couple of weeks ago, I attended a special Champagne Breakfast at old Mayfair favourite, sketch. In celebration of the festive season, sketch has gathered talent from the world of design to deck the halls, with a series of creative installations throughout the venue collectively named 'The Night Before Christmas'.

sketch's story begins the moment you step through the door, weaving through 'Hollow Way', a bewitching forestscape complete with festive music and snow that no matter how careful you are, will end up covering you from head to toe.

We made our way down to The Glade, sketch's enchanted woodland bar, where our breakfast was to be held and was greeted by the most beautiful of sights, thanks to bespoke florist JamJar's fairy-tale creation, 'The Faraway Tree'. Filled with flying fairies and romantic roses it was undoubtedly the show-stopper we'd hoped for. 

Having munched on pastries and toasties and drunk Champagne all before 10 in the morning, we decided to leave behind The Glade and pay a visit to the ever-instagrammable Gallery, sketch's unbelievably pink room filled with 239 drawings from British artist David Shrigley. Having the room to ourselves was what dreams were made of, naturally we played around in it for too long taking endless photos of such a pretty spot.

Finally, no trip to sketch is complete - whether you need to go or not - without a trip to their out of this world pod loos! Which have been festively decorated with snow-covered shrubs and trees. Naturally.

sketch is a must visit whether you're a Londoner or not, but I totally recommend you visit now whilst the installations are in place. Book yourself in for afternoon tea and find yourself in a winter wonderland. You won't be disappointed.

sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG

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{ the glade }

{ the pink one }

{ the loos }