Over the Top and Awesome: Sketch in London

Over the Top and Awesome: Sketch in London

Grace Shu
Jul 23, 2009
Dalí-inspired eggs...as bathroom stalls.
When my co-worker Tiffany found out that I was interested in eclectic interiors, her eyes immediately lit up and and she said, "I have to take you to Sketch! It's so over-the-top ridiculous!" Ridiculous...and AWESOME. And hilarious. Sketch is comprised of three different restaurants, a bar, an art gallery, and the craziest effing bathrooms I have ever seen. Lunching there yesterday was quite an experience--all I can say is this: If you're in London, do check it out. You won't be sorry, I promise. More photos after the jump...

The infamous egg pod bathroom is located above a small egg-shaped bar with stairs leading up to it. Each egg pod is a bathroom stall, along the wall are ornate sinks with antique French mirrors.

We dined in the restaurant located on the top floor (shown on the left). Decorated in rich jewel tones (the seats were tufted armchairs covered in velvet), the dining room still maintained a few of the building's original mouldings and details while mixing it with modern pieces like these huge stained-glass hanging lights. On the right: A second restaurant located towards the back of the building, configured for a banquet.

More photos of the egg bathroom! The left photo shows off the small bar with the circular staircases leading up to the egg pods. The right photo is the bathroom at night lit with pink recessed lights.

The second restaurant arranged in its "normal" state. When we were there, the video projection was an arty installation entitled, "No Safe Words."

The other bathrooms were also incredible. The left two are from the second floor bathroom which is decorated in what feels like disco ball-meets-Cirque du Soleil: Shafts of mirrors tile the walls, the toilets are bedazzled, and the toilet roll hangs from a rope of crystals from the ceiling.

There's a lot more to Sketch, including the café on the street level which is decorated in a more subdued rustic-meets-vintage style. More info can be found on their site, Sketch.uk.com

(Images: MBLD, the firm responsible for the lighting design of Sketch)

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