Already one of London’s most magical venues, sketch has taken it to the next level this winter with The Night Before Christmas, a creative series of installations that are sure to get you in the festive spirit. I went along to the press preview the other day and was mesmerised by every aspect. Upon arrival, guests have to make their way through ‘Hollow Way’, a dreamlike walkway of snow-covered Christmas trees with ethereal music. More Christmas trees can then be found in the bar’s renowned pod toilets with ‘Let It Snow’. Created by florist Carly Rogers after her success at sketch’s summer installation, Mayfair Flower Show, the beautiful addition makes the loos even more Instagram-worthy.
The highlight for me, however, was ‘The Faraway Tree’, which sees The Glade Room transformed into a fairy-tale world by bespoke florist JamJar. If you’re lucky enough to get a table in the walk-in bar, you can sip on champagne under a canopy of winter flowers, branches, ferns and floating fairies. Snow globe style table centrepieces continue the theme, with twinkling lights and fairies handmade from flowers. The two Michelin-starred Lecture Room has also been decorated for the installation with ‘Follow The Star’, a Christmas tree designed by Tony Marklew.
The Night Before Christmas runs from the 13th November to 6th January, with the accompanying afternoon tea available until 31st December. The tea is priced at £50 per person in the preview week (15th-30th Nov) and £71 throughout December, which includes performances by London Choralists. Unfortunately, the tea can’t be booked in The Glade as it’s walk-in only, but you can book a table in The Gallery before heading to the bar for a drink.