Literary buffs and anglophiles alike are going to fall in love with Mayfair’s newest boîte, Mr Fogg’s. A refined recreation of the post-Around the World in 80 Days home of Jules Verne’s most celebrated character, the adventurer Phileas Fogg, Mr Fogg’s will both surprise and delight. Brought to us by the same group who founded London’s first speakeasy, Barts, back in 2009, their newest venue promises to add a bit of whimsy to London’s West End.
Tucked away down a side street near Berkeley Square, only a small plague with Victorian lanterns mark the entrance. Once inside, the fun really begins. Staff is outfitted in vintage-looking military-style uniforms created by pre-eminent English tailors Gieves & Hawkes. And the décor is exactly as you would expect, laden with trinkets and souvenirs collected on Fogg’s travels — everything from stuffed tigers to maps and, of course, a collection of clocks as Mr Fogg was a stickler for punctuality.
And the cocktail menu sticks with the theme as the talented “bacchanologist” Mark Jenner (formerly of The Coburg bar in The Connaught) aims to take visitors on a global tour of “Victorian Cocktailian Culture, even offering cocktails straight out of the pages of Verne’s book. Yep, we will surely drink to that.
15 Bruton Lane