Sketch, still in single figures, is already an international byword for postmodern, contemporary opulence and justly so with an 8-figure sum spent on restorating and decorating its splendid 19th century building, this has become one of the more costly designer cocktail bars in London. Sketch embraces pretension like a transvestite clutching his/her feather boa and should be a highlight on any high-class London bar crawl. Up the main stairs, over which an interior designer has thoughtfully melted a range of different coloured plastics, is one of London’s most expensive restaurants. Wiser heads stay downstairs for the liquid dinner served in either the Parlour, the Gallery (where a restaurant pops up in the evening and becomes, later still, a drink and dance area), or the East Bar (a round, sunken bar all in full-on sci-fi white and neon). Despite the startling array of design features, the toilets above the East Bar deserve their own special mention – individual white plastic pods that bear a frightening resemblance to the eggs in Aliens. In amongst an ambience of fashionable luxury, there’s a top selection of cocktails and the best champagnes and wines money can buy – which is just fine for the moneyed, fashion-conscious Euro crowd that keep Sketch’s expensive ball rolling.