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Hello yellow: London's Sketch just got a sunny new makeover

Sketch Restaurant

WordsMegan Lambert


A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, Sketch has become one of London's most iconic (and most photographed) restaurants since its opening in 2014. Known for its millennial pink palette, 239 David Shrigley artworks, and some Tate Modern worthy afternoon teas, did you know that those interiors were only supposed to hang around for a couple of years?

Sketch pink room
Photography: Ryan and Robert

Proving so popular, they stayed put. Until now… Sketch has said farewell to pastel pink; hello, mellow yellow. And quite frankly, we're obsessed. The redesign was once again the baby of Iranian-French designer India Mahdavi. She was the creative mind behind Sketch's original dreamlike iteration (as well as those much-reproduced marshmallow chairs. That's right, those are hers!) and projects for Ladurée. So, you can see where she gets her inspiration from.

It feels like a new dawn for the restaurant. As Charlotte Cropper, our International Colour Consultant puts it, "whilst pink is always on our radar -our decorators love it- and it will always have a place in our hearts and our homes, this transition to yellow just feels a bit more grown-up. It's still joyful, bold, and a total escape from the outside world, but it's all done in a slightly more sophisticated way". To paraphrase, "it feels like a sunny escape from reality".