The night before Christmas

14 Nov 2016
2 min read
Renowned for its ever-evolving arts programme and design flair, this year Mayfair’s sketch has again gathered a multitude of design talent to deck the halls for Christmas. Spanning the winter period, from 13th November 2016 – 6th January 2017, sketch presents ‘The Night Before Christmas’, a series of creative installations throughout the venue.

Over the past decade, due to Mazouz’s commitment to art and design, the venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists’ moving image including work by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute and more recently Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Turner Prize Nominee David Shrigley as part of a new long-term programme of artist-designed restaurant for the Gallery.

The site consists of the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the East Bar, and the Gallery. The Lecture Room & Library was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005, in 2012, the restaurant won its second Michelin star, which it retains today.

This season Sketch will infusewinter with life through the creation of its very own storybook. Making one’s way through the eclectic establishment, visitors will experience individual installations created by artists, designers and florists; each representing a chapter of sketch’s Christmas tale.
Florist Carly Rogers returns to sketch following her debut at its successful Mayfair Flower Show in the spring. Upon entering 9 Conduit Street, visitors will weave their way through a forestscape,‘Hollow Way’, to find themselves at the foot of Studio Glithero’s hanging production of dipped candles, entitled‘The Candle Factory’. Studio Glithero will also take over the Parlour, wrapping the all-day-dining venue ready for Christmas.

Descending into sketch’s enchanted woodland bar, The Glade, guests can enjoy a cocktail or spot of afternoon tea whilst immersed in bespoke florist JamJar’s fairy-tale creation,‘The Faraway Tree’.
Carly Rogers also takes on the East Bar and infamous pod loos which will be carpeted in a contemporary display of snow-covered shrubs, aptly named‘Let It Snow’.
Sketch’s enclave of installations creates the perfect pit-stop for a Christmas shopping afternoon tea in the Gallery, or lunch in the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room and Library where guests will enjoy festive alternatives to the traditional menus and‘Follow The Star’, a Christmas tree designed by Tony Marklew.

Music will add to one’s sensory journey with live choirs and carollers performing every afternoon throughout the exhibition period.


9 Conduit Street