Birthday Trip To London – Afternoon Tea At Sketch

Today is my birthday, so last weekend G and I took the train to London for a little early celebration. It was a cold but marvellous day so I thought I’d share some photos with you guys so you can see what we got up to.

Oxford Street was looking pretty festive in the cold winter sun!

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We started meeting a friend for coffee, then hit the MASSIVE Lush store on Oxford Street which was amazing. I only wish we had more time, as Michaela and the team at Lush were so lovely and they have a spa too. When the Covent Garden Kikki K store opens, I think I need to take a trip back to London to shop there and make a point of visiting Lush again! I mean they have an entire floor of bath bombs.

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Christmas-Bath-Bombs-Lush Lush-Oxford-Circus Festive-Products-LushWe couldn’t pop to London without checking out the Liberty Christmas window decorations of course!
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The Liberty flower stand was looking festive too.Flower-Stand-Liberty-London

We had booked afternoon tea at Sketch and then planned a mooch around the BUST Christmas Craftacular Fair in Bethnal Green.

As soon as we got to Sketch and G spotted Scrabble tiles on the sign, I knew it was my kind of place. You enter through a black curtain via a hopscotch trail on the floor.Sketch-London

We had afternoon tea in The Gallery or ‘the pink room’ as most people refer to it as. The walls are lined with David Shrigley’s art and provide a comical backdrop in this luxurious setting. The pink sponge finger chairs are the comfiest seats! I NEED ONE for the studio since my fold out chair broke last week.Sketch-London-Pink-Room

There are touches of gold and copper around the Gallery and a cabinet of all the crockery which has been illustrated by David Shrigley. I know that if I bought one of those plates I would probably drop it…..David-Shrigley-Ceramics-SketchThe-Gallery-Sketch-London-Pink-Room Afternoon-Tea-At-Sketch

The afternoon tea itself was truly delicious and came with refill finger sandwiches and cakes as well as hot scones and unlimited tea. Couples next to us enjoyed champagne and cocktails which looked delightful. The highlights for us were the cucumber and ricotta sandwiches, mozarella and pesto panini and the cassis cheesecake pots. The tea is finished off with marshmallows and small lemon merringues. Afternoon-Tea-At-Sketch-LondonPink-Gallery-Room-At-Sketch-London

We had heard lots about the toilets and we were not disappointed. A futuristic experience, the individual cubical pods are surrounded by these coloured ceiling tiles and french maids polishing the steps on the way in. All very surreal. Toilets-At-Sketch

After our tea, with an extremely full tummy, we headed to the BUST Christmas Craftacular market for a spot of shopping and catching up with maker friends. Many of the stalls were also at Renegade, so I didn’t buy a ton. However, I did pick up a t-shirt from I Like Cats and some Christmas presents for the kiddos.Christmas-Craftacular-MarketWe chatted to loads of people and admired stall displays. Bec from dAKOTArAEdUST had such a colourful stand and was wearing an amazing Christmas bauble fascinator. 

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After a tea and a whizz round, we headed to Cambridge with a LEON wrap for the train ride home. Pom-Pom-Chandelier-CraftacularIt was so nice to have a day off amongst the Christmas shop madness. Now I need to get my head back in work mode to prepare for 2 big markets next week. Wish me luck!

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