AROUND THE WORLD...
On Wednesday the 2nd of October 1872, Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. embarked upon his journey around the world. He had wagered with fellow members of the Reform Club that he would be able to complete this trip within eighty days. They thought him mad, but Fogg was quite the gambling man. He was well-versed in the game of whist and not one who enjoyed losing… nor to be found wrong. He was, therefore, determined to prove them wrong and complete his trip around the world in eighty days.
Five years ago, Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. decided to open the doors of his Mayfair home to the public. Trusted companions, fellow explorers and loyal patrons were welcomed into the residence to cast their eyes upon his legendary collection. Guests could enjoy hospitality at its best, as Passepartout and the household staff tirelessly waited on them hand and foot. Very soon, his residence became a place famed for its exquisite libations and exciting entertainment. His residence was no longer just his home, but a prestigious Mayfair watering hole.
Just over two years later, Mr Fogg’s Aunt Gertrude sadly passed away, leaving behind her home on St. Martin’s Lane. Situated in the heart of theatre-land, she was incredibly fond of the performing arts and well-respected within London’s theatrical circles. Much to everyone’s surprise, she left the ground floor of her home to her lifelong devoted housekeeper, Fanny McGee. In memory of the late Aunt Gertrude, Fanny decided to create a tavern where like-minded folk and lovers of the arts could enjoy hearty British grub and no-nonsense tipples. Phileas inherited her apartment upstairs and mused what to do with the floor above this rowdy tavern.
THE GIN PARLOUR
On the corner of St Martin’s Lane and New Row, located just above the downstairs tavern, Mr Fogg decided to create a Gin Parlour. It was a place he could proudly showcase the selection of more than 150 wondrous gins that he had collected over time on his global adventures. It became a sanctuary where he and his friends could escape from the hustle and bustle of downstairs. Hosting everything from gin tastings to afternoon teas, the parlour became a place of refined enjoyment.
THE HOUSE OF BOTANICALS
Three years passed, and during this time Mr Fogg was fortuitous in making the acquaintance of some of the world’s most valued scientists, botanists and cultivators of herbaceous wonders. Ever the pedantic man, Phileas insisted Passepartout kept a careful record and sample of every seed and plant-cutting he’d ever successfully collected. Electrically-charged flowers, carnivorous potted plants, medicinal tinctures and exquisite effusions of floral perfume, it was quite the collection indeed. Henceforth, Fogg acquired a house in Fitzrovia with the means of housing his amazing assortment of articles. It boasted high ceilings suitable for the most towering of stems, and windows large enough to nurse even the most sun-craving of his exotic collection, allowing the curious to bear witness to his vast collection.
THE SOCIETY OF EXPLORATION
Then, returning to London after yet another intrepid adventure, Mr Fogg found himself not a stone’s throw from the location that he’d embarked upon on his infamous journey all those years ago: the charming Charing Cross station. It was there he made the decision to create his Society of Exploration. It would be a sanctuary for those more curious than most; those who wished to push the boundaries of the ordinary, who hoped to test the limits of science, travel, botany and modern mechanics. Housing an impressive selection of worldly libations, a life-size Victorian steam train, Map Room & Library and the world’s first Mechanical Mixologist, Mr Fogg welcomed explorers, scientists and like-minded individuals to join him in the united pursuit of revolutionary innovation.
MRS FOGG'S MARITIME CLUB & DISTILLERY
As Aouda Fogg approached London on the Rangoon Steamer she was taken aback by its beauty. It was then she decided that this would be her new forever home, and the steamer would dock right there, in the heart of the City. On the ground floor would sit the Maritime Club – paying homage to India with its delicate decorative touches and sophisticated, elegant furnishings and serving delicious Indian-inspired food all day. Anchored next to the Club would sit the life-size Rangoon Steamer, complete with beautiful curtained compartments and equipped with its own bar. Below deck, the Stowaways cause havoc as precious cargo is unearthed and salty dogs and loose cannons can enjoy live music every Thursday & Friday.
Each addition to the Mr Fogg’s Estate boasts an extensive drinks menu, featuring twists on classics as well as unique and beautifully-crafted cocktails by some of the top mixologists in the country. Our wines, champagnes, ales and beers are hand-picked, providing you with only the highest quality selections. Mr Fogg aims always to transcend the boundaries of the norm and this ethos is clearly reflected in every one of his menus.