Jules Verne-inspired bar offers unique experience for the adventurous palate
Inspired by Phileas Fogg, the fictional traveller and adventurer from Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in Eighty Days, Mr Fogg’s Residence on Mayfair’s Bruton Lane is unquestionably one of London’s most interesting bars.
Steeped in Victorian era décor, a visit to Mr Fogg’s Residence is an unforgettable experience (which, quite frankly, is why few people will visit just the once). One of three themed London bars influenced by the tale of Verne’s most famous character – it’s matched in splendour and fun by its sister bars Mr Fogg’s Tavern and Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, both in Covent Garden – the Residence offers numerous unique experiences for those who enjoy a drink with a twist.
A perennial favourite, Mr Fogg’s Tipsy Teas are held on weekends throughout the year and offer a unique take on the traditional English afternoon tea. Sure, you get the fancy cream cakes and dainty savouries. But the real treat is the opportunity to enjoy a little ‘gin tea’ along with it (or, if you prefer, champagne).
Another big draw are the guest speakers. These always intimate talks have included some of the world’s top explorers and adventurers, including the likes of Levin Wood, Michael Portillo and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who regal the always attentive audiences with their thrilling tales of survival in the wilderness.
A recent addition to this most experiential of bars is their Hendrick’s Botanical Garden. Open spring and summer, this quaint garden oasis offers guests the chance for a little elegant al-fresco imbibing. The drink of choice? Hardly a surprise that gin features so predominantly on the cocktail menu, with just about every variation of the drink available… for those with an adventurous palate.