Pop-up Sketch to open at Royal Academy of Arts

By Emma Eversham

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Pierre Gagnaire has created the  menu for the pop-up Sketch cafe
Pierre Gagnaire has created the menu for the pop-up Sketch cafe
Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz's Mayfair restaurant will launch a sustainable pop-up cafe at the Royal Academy of Arts for two months on December 3

Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz's Mayfair restaurant Sketch ​is to open a sustainable pop-up cafe at the Royal Academy of Arts (RAA) in London next month to coincide with the opening of a new art exhibition GSK Contemporary, Earth: Art of a Changing World​.

The 70-cover cafe will open on December 3 for two months and and will serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea from a menu devised by Gagnaire with a nod towards the exhibition's theme of an artistic response to the climate change debate: Ingredients have been sourced from England while the cafe's furniture will be made from recycled heavy-duty cardboard.

An outdoor area will be included in the cafe where diners can order from a takeaway menu, an oyster bar or creperie with Sketch providing handmade patchwork rugs and hot water bottles to keep them warm.

Last year the team behind East London restaurant Bistrotheque opened a pop-up restaurant called Flash for 11 weeks at the RAA. The 120-cover restaurant was made of art storage boxes stacked up to 4.6m high to form its walls.

The Sketch team will have to build a temporary kitchen at the gallery for the restaurant and Mark Lawson Bell, Sketch's artistic director has been in charge of the cafe's design.

Ever wondered how much work is behind setting up a pop-up restaurant? Watch this video showing how a team of people set up Flash at the RAA last year.

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