Parlour at Sketch

Price guide: Mid-range

9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XZ

Price guide: Mid-range

Parlour bar and counter

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#78 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.1
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Service:
3.8
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Location:
4.1
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Value for money:
3.2
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Singles, Design and architecture, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Parlour at Sketch

Once the London headquarters of Christian Dior, this place is still a fashion mecca.

Parlour is the ground-floor café-bar of Sketch, a multi-floored eaterie that wears its quirkiness with determination. The venture is a meeting of minds between restaurateur Mourad Mazouz (of Momo fame) and stellar chef Pierre Gagnaire, one of the better exponents of molecular gastronomy.

Food and drink: 

A mix of highly stylised, high-concept treats and well-made comfort food. The macaroni cheese with celeriac rémoulade is popular but last time I had the Sketch club sandwich – an extraordinary concoction of seemingly disparate flavours and textures (not least beetroot jelly) that works surprisingly well. Portions are a little too diminutive for my liking, especially the desserts, which might explain why the place is full of models and fashionistas.

Ambience: 

Cheeky, sexy and fun.

Service: 

Very friendly but note: the waiter is not actually giving you a napkin with his phone number on it, that’s part of the joke.

Location: 

A listed Georgian building on the interesting side of Mayfair, near Oxford Circus.

Price advice: 

The Parlour is the least expensive dining room in Sketch but not cheap. Sandwiches are £6.50-£9, main courses £9-£17, desserts £5.50-£8 –hardly insurmountable but remember those portions are dainty.

Other useful branches: 

There are two other restaurants in the building: the perennially trendy Gallery restaurant and art space, and the opulent Lecture Room & Library. Both serve Pierre Gagnaire’s cuisine but at different price points.

More information on Parlour at Sketch:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café
Food:
French, Fusion, Modern
Address:
9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XZ
Telephone:
020 7659 4500
Website:
http://www.sketch.uk.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Parlour at Sketch? Would you recommended it?