Well..... wasn't that a great bank holiday we just had? The weather was absolutely stunning in the city. I was in and around town with friends catching up, having lunch and taking some new shots for my blog 'Jacks Journal'
I don't know what it is but there is just something about being by the river in London when its sunny that gives me the best feeling, or maybe it was the triple scoop ice cream I was devouring...
I met up with some friends for lunch at the famous Mayfair, London restaurant 'Sketch' in the gallery. Housed in an 18th-century townhouse on Mayfair's Conduit Street, Sketch is a London dining emporium like no other, conceived by the Momo restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and made up of a number of uniquely decorated spaces. The Gallery is part of a long-term programme of artist-designed dining-rooms; for this incarnation, David Shrigley has created a smart and sophisticated place to sample the delicious and inventive brasserie food on offer from the French master chef Pierre Gagnaire.
At the entrance to this luxury hotspot, smiling staff greet you warmly and, as they lead you to your table, they make it feel like you're sitting down to dinner at an old friend's house… albeit an old friend who happens to have an amazing art collection. Before you look at the menu (complete with a pop-out paper knife and fork), take in your surroundings, which are densely covered with 239 cartoonish drawings by Shrigley. The interiors are the work of India Mahdavi and include delightful scalloped blush-pink banquettes, candyfloss walls and shiny copper details. Shirgley has also created a 22-piece tableware set featuring drawings and doodles; the words 'an empty dish' hide underneath your food, only to be revealed when you clean your plate. Of course, it's also worth a trip to the bathroom to see those infamous toilet cubicles, which resemble something like giant dinosaur eggs. And if you look up, there is a beautiful, multicoloured ceiling akin to a Rubik's Cube.
I would say that Sketch is all about enjoying one of the most imaginative menus in London, either as an indulgent date night or a catch-up with foodie friends, in wonderfully thought-provoking surrounds.
Sketch (020 7659 4500; sketch.london) 9 Conduit Street, London W1.