London for Lunch

How decadent to go to London for lunch! 

Well, not really, I had meetings and went to Brand Licensing Europe (BLE to those in the trade) to see what’s what in the world of licensing. While there I met up with my former boss and we headed off to have lunch in central London before it started to rain, at Sketch (

Sketch is about as different to an LA restaurant as you can get. Dark red walls, rich fabrics, an eclectic atmosphere and refreshingly for London, no need to book.

Inside the parlour

I played it safe with a salad and a cold glass of wine while my former boss went for the Sketch Club sandwich. I was intrigued as it combined Serrano ham, Emmenthal cheese, Thai mayonnaise mixed with Paris ham and shrimp, sweet and sour coriander onions and red beetroot jelly… what? Are they insane?

Branded in jelly
The verdict? Not surprisingly, “Interesting”. The food was average in my opinion however the location, ambience and atmosphere were all good and definitely worth a repeat visit.

We left just as it started chucking it down with rain. From glorious sunshine to a sudden drenching. My hair started to curl as I jumped on the tube and headed to St Pancras.

Back on ThamesLink and off to Gatwick for my second trip to France in a week where serious progress had been made on the kitchen in a day. 

I’m starting to get kitchen envy!

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